Everybody seems to have an opinion for new parents. Soon, feats of superhuman compassion will be required of them—running on nothing more than a little sleep, a few kindly donated meals, and a limited amount of time away from work.
With each new parenting generation, similar struggles remain. However, the newest crop deals with pressures unknown to those who’ve come before. Not convinced? Simply consider our modern safety standards, and the endless product reviews and recalls we sift through.
New contraptions hit store shelves daily, and bloggers blast the web with trending “life hacks.” Both vetted and self-proclaimed parenting gurus infiltrate email inboxes, and celebrities stare back at us from shelves in the checkout area. “How I Lost the Baby Weight in Just Six Weeks!” The sheer magnitude of public opinion is unprecedented.
How does a couple forge their own way as they raise up pint-sized gifts from God? There will be words of wisdom they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. But a family’s sense of success will be subjective, a culmination of choices based on the best information they have at any given moment.
Here are 10 bad pieces of advice new parents have heard but shouldn’t follow:
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