I haven’t really mentioned it yet on the blog, but I was on TV last week. It is long story how it came to be, but basically my hubby and I went on to talk about relationship issues in honor of Valentine’s Day. We had fun, the camera CLEARLY adds more than 10 pounds and I am sure we helped a whole one person. But the funniest thing was the bio line they ran underneath my face while I was talking. It said, Jill Anderson- Marriage Expert.
It seems to have inflated my ego quite a bit because today I am also going to try and pass myself off as some sort of parenting expert. I figure 7 years in and 3 kids later I know all there is to know about raising these kiddos. Of course the only TRUE parenting experts are those who have no children. They know exactly what to do and what not to do with everyone’s kids. But I am going to share a few tips that I have found to be true in my years of parenting. Keep in mind, I am an expert.
- Sleep begets more sleep: It seems counter intuitive. Surely the way to get your children to sleep longer at naps and sleep in later in the morning is to keep them up a bit later at night. That is a recipe for disaster people. Disaster. Try putting your baby to bed a bit earlier at night and after a few days of adjustment you might get the sleep you so long for.
- Schedules are good, very good: It kind of stinks you can’t just do whatever you want and this little person will just roll with the punches. While my kids have always been flexible, I think the key to making them so was to generally stick to a regular routine. I am a bit of a sleep nazi so all things in life revolve around them keeping their naps and bedtimes as regular as possible. My kids are champion sleepers and, outside of a strong gene pool of people who likey the sleepy, I think this is due to maintaining routines.
- Let your kids eat what you eat: Man did I mess this up with the first kid. She ate baby food for way too long, just like the jars told me to. When she transitioned to real food, she only was fed standard toddler fare. And to this day, she pretty much only like standard toddler fare- chicken nuggets, plain pasta, PB&J, pizza and hotdogs. She will eat other things but a lot of it is a battle. Silas ate jarred food for maybe a month or two and then started eating everything we ate that we mushed up a bit. He will eat the spiciest and weirdest foods around. As well as some completely non food entities, but that is another post entirely.
- Germs, schmerms: If you only knew how little I do to keep germs away from my kiddos you might be astounded to know they are rarely sick. Quit being such a freak about germs and let your kids get a little dirty. I could go into a bunch of science here, but just trust me. Loosen up.
- Love your baby daddy (or mommy in case any men are reading): Even though he/she would have you believe otherwise, that baby is NOT the center of the universe. None of your kids are. Your spouse comes first. So easy to type, so hard to do. But the best thing you can do for your kids is to provide a stable, loving household for them to be raised in. On this one at least you should pay attention. After all, I am Jill Anderson, Marriage Expert.
- I am really excited to be part of a discussion on The Motherhood this Thursday, February 24th about hints for baby care in day-to-day life. It will be hosted by, internationally syndicated columnist, Heloise. Who is better to give tips than the woman behind “Hints From Heloise? This Talk is sponsored by Dr. Smith’s Diaper Ointment and I will be a co-host.
I had not used Dr. Smith’s Diaper Ointment before receiving a wonderful gift basket from them and frankly Silas hasn’t had many diaper rashes thankfully. But he was nice enough to get a horrible one just in time for this post. Seriously, it was ugly. I was really impressed with Dr. Smith’s. His rash cleared up immediately.
They want you to experience their ointment as well. One of my lucky readers will receive a Dr. Smith’s Gift Basket filled with a bunch of Dr. Smith’s products, teddy bears, items signed by Heloise, and a number of baby-essential products. Two more winners will receive a product sample package filled with Dr. Smith’s products!
To enter, simply leave me a comment below letting me know one of your best tips or ideas for caring for babies. I will draw three winners at random on Mar. 1st from the comments below. Best of luck!
Also, The Motherhood will write up a list of the best hints from the talk as a great resource. So make sure to join me for the chat on Thurs. the 24th at 1pm ET. I would love to see some friendly “faces” and there will be more awesome prizes to win.