It’s fair to say that there is a lot of parenting advice out there, much of which may not apply to you which can leave you feeling confused and overwhelmed.
Luckily, there are also some wonderful guidelines that can be applied to situations more generally. We’ve chosen some of our favorite tried-and-true parenting tips to help you out of tough spots below.
15 Pieces of Parenting Advice We Love
Kids like to hear “I’m sorry” too.
Trust us, those two words mean a lot to them.
You know that they say about when you “assume”…
It applies to your relationships with your kids too, even though you think you may know them better than they know themselves.
We all have rough days.
Be kind to yourself.
You really do know best.
Ignore all the advice that isn’t applicable.
It’s really easy to feel like you’re doing a terrible job sometimes.
But just the fact that you’re thinking about that means you’re doing great.
It’s easy to compare yourself to others…
But don’t – you know your child best.
A good reminder to love your kids no matter what.
Each kid is unique and may not be much like you.
There’s no way around it, parenting is tough.
But that’s a good thing – that means you’re doing something right.
Sometimes it helps to think about things a little differently.
A simple reframe can change the whole situation.
Just a reminder that life isn’t a race.
Everyone does things at their own pace.
Simple is often better.
You’re doing your best and that’s exactly what your kid needs.
Don’t forget to take a few minutes for yourself each day.
Everyone needs a little downtime, no matter how limited.
Kids need play, play and more play.
(And grown-ups need some play too!)
Sometimes this is hard to remember when your baby is crying uncontrollably.
But they – and you – will be ok with a few tears.
A very important reminder that no matter how much you love your kiddos, it’s ok to take a break.
Even superheroes need one once in a while!
In an age where parents post everything they’re doing online, it can be hard not to compare yourself to the Jones’ whose child is somehow always smiling in photos, is excelling at school, and is participating in 100 activities. Of course, social media only ever shows one small snippet of the story so remember to be kind and patient with yourself as you navigate every stage of parenthood. Each one is different and challenging in its own way, but also so rewarding and joyful.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.