15 Parenting Gems: The Best (and Worst) Parenting Advice You’ve Ever Received

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When you become a parent, it seems that everyone has something to say. They seem to be "experts" on all things baby, even if they've never had one themselves! When you're pregnant they want to tell you what to eat, and what not to eat, how to dress, how to sleep and what to do about whatever symptoms you're having. After the baby is born, you get a ton of tips on letting the baby cry (or not), how and what to feed them, when to let them stay with a sitter, how many playdates they should have...the list goes on. Sometimes though, the advice is the best parenting advice you'll ever hear and it sticks with you. What's the best (and worst) parenting advice you've ever heard? See what some of our readers had to say after the jump.

15 Parenting Gems: The Best (And Worst) Parenting Advice You've Ever Received

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  • Ashley

    I was trying very hard to breastfeed and I was very unsupported in my efforts to increase supply and stop using a supplemental line. The worst advice was: Just give that baby a bottle so you can get back to (insert school, working, ‘so I can feed baby’, etc here). It was hard enough having a low milk supply much less having everyone tell me to stop trying.

  • Ashley

    As far as best, simply the old ‘My floors are sticky and dishes are dirty but my kids are happy’ sort of thing. I didn’t want to be my grandmother who propped her children up with piillows and a bottle for feedings while she mopped, cooked, dusted, etc. I’d rather only have an hour or two to clean each day and share those special moments.

  • dakota

    The nurse who took care of me after my c section kept telling me not to hold my son so much or he’ll be spoiled. I ignored that and now, over 9 years later my son is a wonderful, sensitive, loving, empathetic little boy who still loves to snuggle and be close. I’m thankful for that…many boys his age are already in the stage where they’re embarrassed by their parents. I adore my little snuggle bug!

  • Latrell Ali Jenkins

    Best parenting advice. “Let your kid start watching BET at age 3. Remind them that the only careers worth having are gangsta rapper or NBA superstar. If all else fails, sell rocks to finance studio time.”