The Best Parenting Advice

As a parent, you receive loads of advice from other people - most of it unsolicited. But without the wise words of others who have raised healthy children, parenting would be an even harder job. Here, the parents of Parent Soup share the single best piece of advice that they have received. More often than not, this advice has come from their own parents - people whom it is frequently hard to take advice from. Nevertheless, we hope you'll enjoy and be able to use these guidelines that are crafted out of equal parts love and common sense.

"I got my advice from my grandmother. Her best tip was to sleep when your baby does and try to keep doing it. Also write down cute little things that she says and the date she said them so you'll always remember (I did this and put them in her scrapbook)."

"The best piece of advice I have ever received came from a friend of mine when my daughter was about four weeks old and was crying constantly. I thought I was going to go nuts. The friend came over, took the baby and said, 'The only difference between a mother who abuses her child and one who doesn't is one of them learned to take a step back and ask for help.' She then sent me away for a few hours. I felt great when I got back. But I have never forgotten that. Occasionally, everyone should step back if only for a second and take a break."

"My parents said to choose your battles with your children, and think about what is really important before you decide to fight about it. This has helped me to think more before saying 'No' to things my two-year-old wants to do; I try and think if there is really any harm in doing something instead of saying no automatically. And then I try to be very consistent in the things we do make as rules."

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