Now that you’re a parent you’re welcomed into the wonderful world of parenting advice. It’s a jungle(gym) out there!
I’m part of a massive behemoth of a parenting facebook group. At best it’s a fantastic way to make connections and feel incredibly supported which I love being part of. At worst it’s a bitchy, bitchy bitch fest full of narky mean girls who seem to be having their first bout of PMS since they conceived their little cherub. There are some questions that come up often, only to descend down a spiral of snide comments and passive aggressive insults.
Here are five questions on parenting that are not worth the time it takes to type out on your iPhone while breastfeeding.
1. When should I feed my child chocolate? The answer – whenever the heck you want to (once they’re on solids of course). But you will get responses from disciplined mothers who managed to keep the stuff away from their kids until they made it to school and also some sheepish women who found older siblings giving their kids an easter egg before they even had teeth. When it comes to anything nutrition related, if you’re seriously concerned speak to a medical professional.
2. Should I do controlled crying? What you’ll end up doing here is sparking debate about the pros and cons of controlled crying and why it absolutely must always / must never happen. Some women swear by this, some try and fail and some never bother. Surprise surprise – all babies are different.
I’m not saying that forums don’t have their place, they are an amazing way to get tips on reducing nappy rash or ideas on preparing vegetables that toddlers will actually eat. But when you’re after specific advice it’s best to stick close to your like minded parenting tribe and not risk being confused or insulted by some Mama Bear with a sore head.