There is a variety of parenting advice out there that can be had just for the asking (or more often, for the not-asking!). But there are some situations in the face of which even the most competent child-carers throw up their hands in defeat. Here’s a list of the advice I wish someone could give.
1. How to un-glamorize the toilet plunger in the eyes of a toddler.
2. How to drink coffee and eat chocolate in front of your baby/toddler without him demanding that he be allowed to partake. (No, I don’t give my baby coffee. That’s not what I meant by “one of those mothers.” Are there any of those mothers?)
3. How to watch TV without your baby getting any of the dreaded screen-time that he is supposed to avoid completely until he’s two. (For that matter, how to do anything you shouldn’t really be doing without your child of any age wanting to emulate you. How to be a Bad Person and Raise a Good Kid – that’s a book I would read.)
4. How to convince your baby to bang on his toy piano instead of your computer keyboard.
There is a lot more advice that I could use, which will be abundantly clear in my next “Wins and Losses” post, but for now, any thoughts?