People love to give advice. They also love whipped cream and flat-screen TVs at 70% off and YouTube videos of cute kittens getting stuck in socks, but people really really love giving advice. Especially when it comes to parenting.
Raise your hand if, when cradling your newborn, you got parenting advice from someone. Now raise your other if you've given parenting advice to a mom or mama-to-be. Oh, yeah, both of my hands are waving in the air like I just don't care (well, I do care, but that's not how the song goes).
Then, when surfing about the Internet, I found this nugget of wisdom:
Surround yourself with people who fill your gaps. Let them do the stuff they're better at so you can do the stuff you're better at.
Now, it wasn't necessarily advice for parenting, it was under "ways to make your life simple again." But this very well may be the best new mom, wait, dare I say best parenting advice ever.
It's perfect in its logic. It's perfect in its simplicity. Not only does it pertain to those first days and months when your world is on a whole new orbital pattern called Parenthood, but it's genius in that it carries over to any stage of Parenthood you may be in.
Many parents don't heed this, but it works. Why do you spend time and energy doing things that you aren't so great at or things you can "farm" out so you can focus on more important things? Take cleaning the house. Say you are a mom who has a full-time job outside the home. You find yourself every Saturday morning spending three hours cleaning, when what you really want to be doing is spending that time with your kiddos. If you can, hire a cleaning service. Maybe not even every week, but every other week or even once a month can help you out.
Not only does it translate to parenting, it translates to, well, your Life. Be it your job or, heck, just volunteering on the PTA. Whenever possible, seek out those people that help you be the best you. So you aren't great at baking, but you find yourself responsible for your class's contribution to the Spring Bake Sale. You know a mom in your class that is an amazing brownie baker. Reach out to her, while you concentrate on making awesome tags and cute wrapping for the brownies -- something you do do well.
It sounds simple, but how often do you do it? I know I don't as much as I should. I think this is fabu advice, but what do you think? Write in and tell us: what's the best parenting advice you've heard, and we'll report back with the results!
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