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Best Parenting Advice EVER!

I can’t remember where I saw it or who left it (and I’ve been searching!), but a couple of weeks ago I read a comment with what I thought was the best parenting advice ever. I’ve actually repeated it to myself multiple times a day since and it always puts me at ease with smiling sigh.

The gist of it was this: If your baby is crying in the crib it means he’s alive and well. Take a deep breath, finish your shower and then tend to him.

Today I put it into practice yet again.

Little Bean and I came home from a nice walk to the library. He was tired and hungry, but Mom had to hit the bathroom. I tried to explain to him that I don’t wear a diaper, but he didn’t seem to understand. So I put him in the exersaucer and headed to the toilet.

He IMMEDIATELY started screaming. I mean full blown tears and excessive crying. I’m pretty sure the neighbors could hear him he was so loud. Of course it broke my heart but, like the commenter said, I knew he was alive and well. He was in a safe place so I took care of my *cough* business.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, but he did survive. I came back, picked him up, made a snack and put him down for nap. Sometimes I just need to be reminded of the obvious, and repeating that little line when this situation happens always makes me feel better.

What the best parenting advice you’ve ever heard or overheard?

UPDATE: Bre came forward. Here was her original comment….

If your baby is crying it means he is breathing, finish your shower!
Also, pump, breast, or formula. You are feeding your baby. You are a good mother.
Finally, don’t hate your husband. It might take him a little while to bond with baby, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you guys.

So glad she did! Best Parenting advice ever.

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Best Parenting Advice Ever

People often ask me “What is the best parenting advice you were even given?” and I usually blank.

What? People really do ask me that a lot. Think about it, if you are off to interview a mommyblogger what are you going to ask her?

You are going to say “How did you decide to call them the Goon Squad?” and then you are going to say “What is the best parenting advice you were ever given?”

As the parent of twins I can say with all honesty that the most useful piece of parenting advice I was ever given is this:

PARK NEAR THE CART RETURN

You people that had one baby at a time might not realize how bad it hurts to carry two infant carriers across a hot parking lot, but you are going to have to take my word for it – it blows. But if you park next to the cart return you can just grab a cart load in your baby or babies or baby and kids and go on your merry way.

It is also really awesome on the way out. You never have to decide if you should leave your babies unsupervised in the hot car and risk arrest or push them all the way to cart return and then carry them back whimpering the whole way.

A ha! It is me, Goon Squad Sarah, with the stellar first world parenting advice.

I don’t know, what was the best parenting advice you were ever given?

 

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