A couple weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite starting reads for parents-to-be, filled with gems about registries, birth plans, labor and delivery, and decorating. But now it's time to move on to the tougher topic at hand: Parenting.
I won't lecture you about motherhood, but I'll sum it up as best I can: It's beautiful, messy, colorful, frustrating, rewarding and tiring. When I started sifting through some of my favorite pieces of writing, I found a common theme: They made me laugh, and they made me feel good about my parenting abilities. So here's the next part of your parenting-class syllabus:
- In a nutshell, the best parenting advice is "don't kill them."
- Prepare yourself for lots of well-meaning, but totally irritating advice from strangers on the street. McSweeney's lays it out here.
- People tell you lots of lies about infant sleep. Don't believe the hype. Every baby is different, every parent is different, and every household is different.
- Calm the fuck down: The CTFD method is the sweariest parenting philosophy.
- Here are some tips for dressing like a hipster mom while postpartum/nursing.
- How to keep your house neat and tidy. JK. Instead read: "My house is messy and I don't care."
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PS - Vol. 3 to come in a week or two!