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When I was pregnant with my first, I dived right into everything I considered Parenting 101. I read many books, searched online, went to classes and talked with friends that were parents. I couldn’t gather enough information, trying to prepare myself for what was to come.

Looking back, I really stressed myself out a lot. I was an Auntie at age 3 and had been around babies and kids my whole life. Yet for some reason I thought I wouldn’t know what to do when my own arrived. I was totally wrong and my instincts kicked in from that first minute, yet it took the experience itself to realize that ‘I got this‘.

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I laugh at myself now, all worried and stressed while pregnant. One thing that helped me a lot in that first year, was just to trust my instincts. All babies are different and each parent has to find the method and routine that works best for them.

This goes for any task from teething to trying to get that little one to sleep through the night. So my main tip would be: you are the parent, listen to others and gather all the info you need. Yet ultimately, do what’s best for you and your child.

What parenting tip can you share?

Disclosure:This is a compensated post. Opinions are, as always, my own.

 

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  1. stop worrying about the mess and just enjoy your kids while they are small; it goes by so fast!

  2. nap when baby naps, take a breathe and relax when needed (do not stress) and all babies/toddlers develop differently and at different times!

  3. Tip: don’t waste your money on a glider. You likely won’t use it. Ditto for a change table. Except to store all the clean laundry & crap you buy…..

  4. I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a $100 Parenting 101 Prize Pack from Church & Dwight.
    In response to your requirement to Comment to this post with my parenting tip.
    My parenting tip is to be patient, follow your instincts
    and just relax and breathe.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Little fingers get into things, stuff spills, things get broke, at the time it may feel overwhelming but that’s suppose to happen with children, laugh it off and enjoy your babies.

  6. Mommy always knows best and don’t sweat the some stuff. Thanks for the chance. Cheers.

  7. Remember that you know what is best for your baby. When the advice flows, smile and nod and keep what you can use.

  8. My tip is to ask for help or accept offers of help, even if you don’t need it. It will allow you to get some time to yourself and get things done so you don’t get overwhelmed.

  9. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Don’t worry about the mess!!! You will never get those baby snuggles back 🙂

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  11. It would be great to win a $100 Parenting 101 Prize Pack from Church & Dwight.
    We are also sharing this Giveaway with our readers on KAwartha Lakes Mums Giveaway Pinterest board
    A parenting tip?
    Take advantage of the free advice and help you can get from the local health unit, mother’s morning out groups, and Ontario Early years Centre.
    It takes a village to raise a child.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. My parenting tip, Boppy Pillows are the number one essential. I never knew I needed them until I became a mother.

  13. Don’t stress out about what everyone else is doing and/or what they say you should be doing – do what works best for you and your child.

  14. When toilet training a boy use Fruit Loops and just tell him to aim for a certain color!!

  15. My parenting tip is don’t worry about doing something “wrong” when it comes to raising your kids. It is all a learning experience!

  16. I had one book (Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke) that went month by month through the pregnancy so I knew what was happening. I went to the classes, then if I started thinking something was too hard I googled the problem and instantly got ideas on what to do as so many mums have been through it all before.

  17. Just because you’re parenting different than other people you know, you are NOT doing it wrong.

  18. I remember reading all the books at the start and fretting that my baby wasn’t performing up to what the book said she should be doing by that day, week, month etc. Eventually I stopped dwelling so much on the book’s milestones and creating our own and things went much smoother. I currently have a brilliant 10 year old girl and I don’t need any book to tell me that!

  19. I always tried to give my girls choices and get them to stick with what they chose, whether it was chores, treats or shopping.

  20. Take the handouts! Ask for help, and just smile when people are telling you you’re doing it wrong….don’t take it personal.

  21. Trust your motherly instinct and take it one step at a time. Remember to breathe!

  22. I love the baltic amber teething necklace, OMG they work. I buy them for everyone of my friends for their showers!

  23. My parenting tip is that although it is overwhelming and you are losing sleep, it DOES get better and if you are feeling down, reach out for help from family or there are many resources available for you. Do not feel defeated! You can do it!! Thanks!!

  24. Sara will be turning 26 in September…time flies…I would just mention not to sweat the small stuff.

  25. you are doing your best – even if you dont feel like you are at your best. 😀

  26. My best parenting tip is to have good communication with your partner, working at things together can be more successful then doing it on your own, or your own way. Ask for help if needed, and give it as well.

  27. never say your to busy to spend time with your child. they grow so fast and then its to late, for they have grown up and moved on

  28. Relax/stay calm because the baby/kids are going to take your cues on that. If you are being laid back and calm the baby/kid will be too (for the most part!)

  29. don’t be afraid to ask for (and accept) help if needed, and don’t worry about a messy house. There are more important things than vacuuming or doing the dishes 🙂

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