Ryan Reynolds Gives Parenting Advice That All Parents Should Probably Know by Now (PHOTO)

If you're expecting your first child, there's probably a good chance you've purchased every self-proclaimed parenting manual, signed up for newsletters, and hit your friends and family up for advice. While that's all great, Ryan Reynolds has shared some great parenting advice in a new interview with GQ that helps put things in perspective.

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Don't listen to any advice.

Check out the 38-year-old on the cover of the October issue of GQ magazine. Fatherhood looks good on you, Ryan.

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I must say that after reading Ryan's interview, I have to agree with most of what he said. When it comes to becoming a parent, there is no real way of preparing for it. Yes, many people who give advice do have good intentions, but every child and situation is different. What worked for someone might not work for you. It's great if you have wonderful parenting examples in your life (Ryan admits he looks to his older bros), but if not, just try to be the most loving mom or dad you can be.

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When I was pregnant with my first child last year, I could've easily been mistaken for a deer in headlights. Like most expecting mothers, I was so fearful I wouldn't have it "all together," and would somehow mess up my kid -- to the point of his needing therapy. I Googled. I read. I annoyed my friends for advice. Even though I did learn some great takeaways, at the end of the day, you just have to go with the flow and try not to fill your head with too many "what if" scenarios. With a now 20-month-old son and 3-month-old baby boy, I wouldn't say I'm a perfect parent, but I think I'm doing OK.

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Some pregnant friends pick my brain about tips and advice. While I'm honest about my experience, I do let them know things are different for everyone, and that their internal "mommy instincts" will kick in with time.

 

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