Journal - Words of Wisdom

Good Advice

I asked everyone to write down some advice for successful parenting. Here is what they had to say:

"Be there, be interested, be involved."
Great Grandma to be Hazel Bray

"Be prepared to overcome your fear that your baby does not have colic even though he cries a lot. It's perfectly normal after the third month. You will see a big change in the little fella. Then, at 6 months he will have changed a lot more. The next big step is at 3 years, then 6, then 13. Good luck honey."
Great Grandad to be Charlie Bray

"Food tastes the same to them as it does to you, so if you can't stand it, trash it. And try using a food grinder - just put your meal in it, and you both can enjoy many meals! 'Down with baby food jars!'"
Great Uncle to be James P Bloomer

"Andrea: When you go into labor make sure you eat before you go into the hospital because you'll need all the energy you can get cuz the doctors and nurses won't let you eat anything once you grt there. Good Luck!"
Great Aunt to be Jeannie Bloomer (bet she hates that!)

"Just love him and let him love you. PS. Let him eat as much of anything he wants (and don't keep candy in the house!)"
Grandma to be Bonnie Bray

"I am not a mother yet so I will draw from the experiences of my childhood. Encourage him to tell you his troubles, his problems. So you can be his 'best friend' as well as mom. I think this is why I'm so close to my mother. I know you will do a wonderful job. :-)"
Pam Schropp

"Be someone he can talk to. Don't spoil him. Make him help out around the house in an age-appropriate manner. Resist giving him everything he wants when you go into a store. (that's my job)

Teach him to be quiet and mannerly at restaurants, in stores, etc. He might say 'I hate you' when you make him do things he doesn't want to do, or when you don't want him to do something, but that won't last. He'll appreciate your efforts even before he becomes an adult.

If you teach him that he needs to work for what he wants and be generous with what he has, he will be a success in life no matter what he decides to do for a living. Letting him know you love him by giving him your time and affection will help him to be an emotionally healthy and happy person."
Dana DeRoche

"I hope you can relax and enjoy every day and every moment. You've probably heard before that time flies, but it really is true.

If I had it to do over, I'd care less about other people's opinions and listen to my child's opinions and feelings. I'd also let them wear whatever they wanted, as long as it was something - and also day clothes, not pjs - yep - still some boundries. Enjoy!"
Jan Hoof, my first cousin, once removed.