CATEGORY ONE: BEWARE THE NANNY STATE or
“It won’t kill said child, if she”:
1) has a little sugar/salt/fried food/white bread
2) watches TV
3) has a little whiskey/wine on the gums to get through teething
4) has a little whiskey/wine/oatmeal or rice cereal in the bottle to put her to sleep
5) misses a few naps
6) goes to bed at any hour of the night
7 )sits in a car seat all day
8) sleeps in a crib
CATEGORY TWO: LIVE FREE OR DIE or
“She will be more independent if she”:
1) gets used to a babysitter
2) goes to daycare
3) hangs out in the arms of strangers/gets used to other people
4) is left to cry by herself/cry herself to sleep/learns to self-soothe
5) sleeps in a crib
CATEGORY THREE: PHRASE YOUR JUDGMENT IN THE FORM OF A QUESTION
1) Wouldn’t she sleep at night if you stopped breastfeeding at night?
2) When do you plan to stop breastfeeding?
3) Wouldn’t it be less messy if she ate jarred foods instead of table food?
4) Isn’t she going to choke on that apple/sweet potato fry/green bean?
5) Wouldn’t she sleep better in a crib?
Really, I don't mind the advice. What I do mind is the general lack of openness to my response. I have thought long and hard about all of these topics, and have reasons for my choices that I would be happy to share.
Well, actually, I take that back. There are times I mind the advice: when it is given by someone without children (unless they are or were a nanny). A child in the abstract is a lot different than one in the flesh and blood.
But the reality check of babies and parenthood is a whole nother post entirely.
Photo Source: Daquella mannera, Flickr