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Dealing With Parenting Information Overload

By Emily |

Sometimes it all just makes my head spin.

Don’t let your kid watch this show, but a different show is okay, except for the fact that watching any TV before the age of 2 is detrimental.

It seems like every day there is some new study out telling us what we should, or should not do, for the good of our children.  And then tomorrow a study will tell us that yesterday’s study was wrong.  What are we supposed to believe?  And what is a conscientious parent, who just wants the best for their children, supposed to do?

Not worry a bit about it.  That’s what I say.

The way I see it, most of the studies tell us stuff that we already know about raising our kids, either intuitively, or just through plain old common sense.  Like kids who eat out more often are more likely to be overweight.  No. Really? Thanks for clarifying that for me, I never could have figured out that eating highly processed, high calorie food with little nutritional value might cause my child to gain weight.

So really, we don’t need to be too concerned with all of the studies, it can just become information overload and keep us from being the kind of parents that our kids need us to be.  Not overly informed ones, but ones who play with them, listen to them, hug and kiss them, laugh with them, teach them, and care for them in the way that only we can.  Because we are their parents, and we know them better than anyone else.

Even though we are all learning as we go, I really think that the majority of us get it right way more often than we get it wrong, and we deserve way more credit for knowing what is best for our child than the studies give us credit for.

How do you deal with the information overload of all the parenting advice out there?


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Emily McClements is passionate about caring for creation while saving money at the same time. She is a blessed wife and mama to three young children, and blogs about her family's journey toward natural and green living on a budget at Live Renewed. Read bio and latest posts → Read Emily's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Dealing With Parenting Information Overload

  1. Elizabeth Rago says:

    When I get oversaturated with parenting advice, I just have to stop reading it. I say, go with your gut and your heart. Deep down, I think we really know what is best for our children. Yes, sometimes we need advice from various pediatricians, but as far as basic child-rearing, nobody knows your child like YOU. I do have to say I read a lot and have found two books that have helped my family immensely. One is “Raising Your Spirited Child” by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka and “Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child” by Dr. Marc Weissbluth. Both have been lifesavers!

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