It’s virtually impossible to hide from the enormous amount of input that is coming into our lives and into our minds at any given moment these days. No longer is news and entertainment forced to live inside your television or radio, but now it streams directly to you in your pocket. As parents, you do your best to stay up to date on all the right parenting tips and trends to ensure that you’re giving your children the best life possible, but how do you know who to listen to? And how can you make it through without giving in to the stress?
Follow Resources You Trust
If you’re looking for serious insight into how to parent your children through each season of their lives, it’s important to weigh the value of each of the resources you’re following. You may really like a certain website for their great home craft ideas, but that doesn’t mean they’re the right resource to turn to with your more serious child-rearing issues. The internet is sprinkled with hundreds of thousands of blogs and opinion sites, some of which may be very valuable to your family, albeit unscientific. Do your research and determine which resources are the right place to collect parenting tips and which could be ignored.
Turn Off The Noise
Social media is a hotbed of people willing to hand out parenting tips whether you like it or not. It’s easy to turn to your community Facebook page for advice on a good lawn service but maybe not advisable to use it as a place to collect parenting tips. The online world is a wild collection of people and their personal opinions and too much of that noise can be confusing and overwhelming. The term mom shaming was coined to define this unsolicited feedback online and in person. If you choose to turn to Facebook for advice on how to raise your kids, don’t be surprised when you end up with too many points of view.
Ask A Trusted Expert
When it comes down to it, the best resources for parenting tips is a trusted expert who knows your family. Depending on the issue you’re considering, this expert could be your family doctor, religious leader, therapist, teacher, or even other experienced parents whose parenting you admire. If you sister-in-law has chosen to raise her kids in a way that doesn’t align with your personal values then you don’t have to take her advice. Opt for fewer, high-quality opinions rather than dozens of noisy ones.
Parenting is a rewarding and sometimes overwhelming job, and taking on the thoughts and opinions of everyone around you can make it much worse. When too many ideas start to cloud your judgement it’s time to evaluate where and from whom you’re getting your advice. For more parenting tips, follow along on our blog. And to learn more about our community, contact us today.