The most useful parenting advice I ever got is actually so beautifully simple
I have been a mum for a full decade now.
And 10 years of parenting have taught me a lot of lessons. Like – a lot. Such is parenting – a constant game of figuring things out, where we have to think on our feet, learn on the job and embrace the chaos as best we can.
Once you are pregnant and have children, people, especially other parents, often bombard you with (mostly unsolicited) advice. Now, for the most part, I do think this comes from a place of goodness, as parents are often so keen to share the hard-learned lessons and what got them through with other mums and dads to help them out.
However, some advice, especially the rather judgmental kind, is better left ignored. You'll soon enough learn that when it comes to parenting, your own gut feeling will often lead you in the right directions anyway. Because when it comes to what is better for your children and your family, you are, after all, the expert.
One piece of advice – or trick, if you will – someone passed on to me, was one that I now share with every parent I know – simply because it is genius and works ever single time.
Are you ready?
Add water or fresh air.
That's it. As in, when your kids are acting up or being inconsolable or angry or upset – either put them in the bath (or shower) or take them outside.
Trust me – it may sounds simple, but it works.
Water and fresh air can solve so many, many things, and it even works for adults too!
And I am not alone in having discovered the magic of the water and fresh air when it comes to dealing with kids.
A US-based mum shared her story on Instagram, but it then blew up on Facebook after being reposted by The Motherhood Project.
"Put them in water or take them outside," her post began. "It was the first useful parenting advice I ever got," she explained.