Is it just us, or is “good” parenting advice hard to read? Yeah… you know the kind we’re talking about. No matter how hard they try not to be, givers of good parenting advice always come off as condescending know-it-alls who have way too much time on their hands. (Seriously, though. Where do they find the time to take all those fancy photos, make all those healthy meals, and keep their homes spotless?)
Well, after a particularly traumatic bath night and a glass of wine, we decided we were fed up with well-meaning parenting advice that was impossible to follow. We wanted to keep it real and write about the “bad” parenting advice that we all really need and use. In other words, we want parents to know that McDonald’s three times in one week will not kill anyone and putting the little monsters to bed at 6 p.m. because you are done for the day is perfectly acceptable. Also, your kid does not have to be reading and writing by age 4, no matter what the other moms at daycare say.
Our photos will probably feature “clothes mountain,” and we will probably never feature a healthy recipe. When our kids eat anything that’s not a fruit snack, we consider it a victory. We’ll definitely rely too heavily on humor, and we won’t always have all the answers. (Any parent who thinks they do is a word I can’t say here.) But we’ll never judge you or pretend we know your kids better than you do. That’s our promise.
Please send wine.
Greg and Carmen
Parents with No Other Qualifications