While my hand heals, I've asked a few of my favorite bloggers to pick up the reigns. This week's post is from Guerrilla Mom.
I was racking my brain for what to write for my Ask Your Dad guest post. Then I remembered that you have a new baby on the way. So I thought, Great! I'll give him some parenting advice! I know you have already done this once before, but heck- there are things that we all fail miserably at the first time around, right? I don't know what your particular failures are - so I'm just going to project. Mine is sleep training. My child will be two in November, and I still have absolutely no idea what his bedtime is.
Maybe I shouldn't be giving advice on this subject. It is an important one though- so in lieu of having you fail in my footsteps - I picked you up a copy of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.
It's five hundred pages long.
|Okay, so I edited the cover a little.|
Satan himself wrote it, obviously, because who else would write this advice opus for a NEW PARENT? Five hundred pages. When I was a new parent I barely had time to read the dosage instructions for children's Tylenol. Since I don't think new parents like gifts from Satan, I will be abridging it for your swift reading pleasure. This is my gift to you and your wife.
Guerrilla Mom's Abridged Version of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
Put your child to bed, and then ignore him for the rest of the night.
Were you expecting more? Nope - that's it. Put your child to bed, and ignore him for the rest of the night. That is the recurring lesson in this book. 500 pages just to impart the crappiest advice known to parenting. Which brings me to the real subject of this post - no one knows what the hell they are doing, and no two children are the same.
When it comes to parenting, all that we can do is trust our intuition, love our children, and do our best. There is no book that can teach us any of that. It may seem counter-intuitive for a woman who is attempting to make a career out of writing about parenting to say those words - but oh well.
You are a great parent. It is evident in your anecdotes and the way to talk about your family. It was made abundantly clear by the amazing note you wrote to your "hypothetically gay son." So when your hand heals up, please keep on doing what you do. And if you have some sleep advice for me, let me know. I'll trust a real dad over some doctor and Satan any day.
P.S. Dad here again. The hand is healing a little each day. I plan on being back in full force after next week! Thanks for sticking around!!