Last month, some fabulous bloggers shared their Parenting Do’s and Don’ts. I loved your advice so much that I decided to ask some more bloggers for their advice. They are sharing that with you today: parenting do’s and don’ts that you can actually use! Be sure to visit some of these wise mamas!
DO feed your kids healthy things for their bodies like fruit.
DON’T let them eat their whole body weight in fruit say like watermelon or you will spend your whole night cleaning up the bathroom after said child because, “Mom, my butt threw up” and he couldn’t make it to the toilet in time.
DO what you can, and always remember that at the end of the day your best IS good enough.
DON’T sweat the small stuff. Motherhood is the hardest job in the world but also the most rewarding. If you worry about all the little things that don’t matter, you waste precious time that would be better spent soaking in all the rewards being a mom has to share!
DO notice the candy-coated moments. They go by so very fast.
DON’T forget to keep your relationship with your significant other in the middle- it’s truly the heart of your family.
DO make time for exercise 4-5 days a week. Even if you have to wake up super early or work out very late, your sanity will thank you for it.
DON’T beat yourself up over a missed workout. Just look at the next week and budget in your times that you can exercise – writing it down will help make it happen.
DO Take several timeout’s for yourself. I may joke about being in timeout a lot on my blog, but seriously do it. Go get a pedicure. Lounge around during naptime. Have a date night out with your hubby. All parents need a break. Don’t feel guilty taking one.
DON’T Be afraid to ask others questions. Something may happen in your parenting tenure that you think nobody else would have experienced. Guess what? Someone probably has. Ask around and you just might get some really great advice.
DO find some mommy friends if you’re a stay at home mom…join a MOMS Club or MOPS, being a new mom or stay at home mom can be a very lonely time if you don’t have friends
DON’T let the one mom at the park who rebuffed your attempts at friendship keep you down or keep you from trying again…who knows, maybe she’s had a crazy day or her kids are driving her nuts…we’ve all been there!
DO give your child limited choices(food, weather appropriate clothing, toys, etc.). I promise the child does not usually have their best interest in mind, they just want to fulfill their desires. You are the parent, limit those choices to help them make the right decision ( “The high is 5 degrees today, do you want to wear your blue sweater or red sweatshirt to school today?”).
DON’T you believe for a a single moment that a child is completely capable of making all the right choices for all the right reasons. Sometimes they make those right choices purely by mistake. Remember their brains are still developing (even as teenagers/young adults), they will need you behind them for some time.
DO learn to pee, eat, pull up your pants, fill out important paperwork, and do laundry all with one hand BEFORE you have a baby. Because that is how you will be doing everything from then on.
DON’T expect your childless friends to be as fascinated by your baby’s poop as you are.
DO remember that your children may be young, but they are very impressionable.
DON’T forget what you might inadvertantly promise to your kids; they are like elephants, they never forget.