Thursday, October 22, 2009

Parenting Advice ... with a giveaway!

When I was pregnant with Molly, she was constantly moving in utero. I would lay down to sleep and she would start her own her own version of placental disco fever. So it shouldn't have surprised me that at 30 weeks my water broke -- she probably kicked a hole in it. When I was on the monitor in L&D for eight hours -- she rested no more than 20 minutes. That's one 20 minute period in eight hours, folks!

I sometimes think she came into the world at 32 weeks because she was too impatient to wait and "dang it!" she wanted things HER WAY! That has pretty much been her motto since birth -- I want what I want NOW and I will do whatever it takes to get it. So, needless to say, parenting her can be a bit of a challenge at times.

So in an effort to help you through your challenging parental moments -- I am offering you a chance to win one of four parenting books. If you win, you choose the one that you want to get.

Do you need advice on potty training? Then you might want to pick "Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day" by Teri Crane. How about whining? Then I suggest "Win the Whining War & Other Skirmishes" by Cynthia Whitham. Is your child particularly strong-willed and oppositional? Then "Parenting A Defiant Child" by Phillip and Nancy Hall might be your answer. And for those of you with children on the Autism Spectrum, I have a book of social stories - - "My Social Stories" by Carol Gray -- that can help your child with everything from washing their hair to going out to eat.

All you have to do is leave a comment with the BEST and WORST parenting advice you ever received. Then tell me which of the books you would like to get. Molly will get the honor of picking a winner through very scientific means and I will announce the person tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

The BEST parenting advice I ever received came from my aunt with many children. When asked for advice she said simply, "Oh, I don't know. The more kids I have the more I realize how little I know. Everyone has to find their own way for their own family."

The WORST advice I ever got were any of those 'one size fits all' tidbits that fit as well as the oversized nightshirts of the same name. "Co-Sleep vs. Never Co-sleep" "Let them cry! vs. Meet their needs!" or "Delay solids vs. Feed 'em early!" Like my aunt, the longer I've been a mother the more I realize that no one person can tell you what to do. You know your own family and your own situation best!

- Claire

Danz said...

Best advice: go with your gut, do what works best for you.

Worst advice: let your newborn cry it out so they and thus you can sleep more.

Lynds said...

The best advice - Pinch the baby to make them cry so you can leave a party early.

The worst advice - Feed babies in public restrooms instead of out in public.

As for which book, is there one to help with a lazy, grumpy, moody, i-want-my-way, kind of kid???

~*Michelle*~ said...

best advice


worst advice

CIO theory

Catherine said...

Best advice: If you're going to be there, be all there (I'm so tempted to multitask parenting, and it doesn't work that well).

Worst advice: I was honestly told once that if I didn't put my newborn in the church nursery she would get asthma. I didn't put her in there and she didn't get asthma, so I guess the advice was wrong. :)

Whether or not I win, I'm in desperate need of that whining book! Thanks for the recommendation!

Blogger Template by Delicious Design Studio