The Trouble With Anyone Giving Parenting Advice...

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I've been a parent now for going on 13 years, though I suppose you could make the argument that it's actually been a few more years than that - if you were to tack on my pregnancy before my oldest was born, and perhaps even the ill-fated pregnancy that ended before that one.I've seen things, you guys.I've carried bleeding kids into the ER.I've been on the phone with Children's at 3am while a child hemorrhaged from an allergic reaction (that one was NOT fun, by the way).I've held three of them in an operating room as the anesthesia took them under, watching in horror as their faces went blank and their eyes rolled back (seriously, I don't recommend it unless you really think you need to be in there).I've stayed up all night watching them breathe.I've been raged at, attacked, hit and kicked. I've been screamed at. I've been the soft place to land and paid dearly for it more than once.I've dealt with allegies, asthma, mental illness, adhd in multiple forms, and a whole laundry list of other things.And even still, I wouldn't presume to tell another parent how to raise their child.The problem is that we live in a society where new parents believe they must seek guidance about everything. . . .

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