Shouldn’t parenting come with an instruction booklet?

New parents can count on getting lots of advice from well-meaning friends and relatives, and sometimes even perfect strangers. Some of that advice is welcome and useful. Some, not so much. And sometimes that advice is downright dangerous.

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May 16, 2022 - 4:27 PM

I don’t know how you feel, but in my opinion, parenting is hard! Someone must have forgotten to hand me the instruction manual when my children came home. I have yet to meet a parent who wouldn’t appreciate one.

New parents can count on getting lots of advice from well-meaning friends and relatives, and sometimes even perfect strangers. Some of that advice is welcome and useful. Some, not so much. And sometimes that advice is downright dangerous.

Many grandparents raised their own children at a time when doctors thought it was best to put babies on their stomachs to sleep. Research in the 1990s showed that this sleeping position significantly increased the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. And all those cute stuffed animals and fluffy blankets increase the risk of suffocation.

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