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Every baby shower you attend someone will ask “What is your best piece of advice for a new mom?”   I know it’s coming but I’m always stumped.  Parenting is hard and every journey is different.  I’ve listened to every piece of advice and read dozens of parenting books, (probably closer to hundreds) and am an avid parenting blog reader.  So I’ve partnered with Hyland’s to share some of my favorite advice to you!

Some of the best parenting advice I’ve heard or read –

Glitter is incapable of remaining unspilled, but rolling Play-Doh over it mops it right up. Bonus: Now you’ve got glittery Play-Doh! 

No matter what’s going on, at 6:30 p.m. we stop everything and have dinner together as a family. It creates good teaching moments, when something that might otherwise sound like a lecture becomes a nice conversation around the dinner table. —Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States

Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child. —Betsy Brown Braun, author of Just Tell Me What to Say

Trust your gut. Always. Scary Mommy

Be prepared to let go of dreams, hopes and expectations. Be ready to replace them with different dreams, hopes and expectations. Scary Mommy

This is my first mother’s day without my wise grandmother (Baca).  She raised me and many of my cousins as well.  She made killer chicken fried steak and always gave the best hugs.  She knew when to listen, she knew when to ask questions, she knew when to leave me alone.  She pretty much knew it all.   I’m going to share the piece of parenting advice that she passed on to me and I’m going to pass on to everyone I know.     LISTEN early on and listen well, so they continue to talk to you as they get older.    Those Minecraft and Pokemon chats will open up the dialogue for future serious talks.   My eyes glaze over listening to Minecraft building strategies but I continue to listen because I know she will need me in a few years.

Hyland’s is trusted by so many Generations of Moms. Hyland’s has been around since 1903, pure and proven care for over 100 years.  The Hyland’s brand name has been the trusted source of natural, safe, and effective health remedies for generations of moms, for over 100 years.  Hyland’s goal is to support moms and to provide them with a warm and nurturing community as well as with products that provide gentle and proven care. Hyland’s will take care of moms, so they can take care of the world.  The journey of raising children can be arduous, and overwhelming, exhausting and downright scary. Hyland’s looks to provide mothers with the knowledge & comfort that they are not alone, and to support them and the parenting decisions that they make along the way.

Thank you Hyland’s for this fun partnership and to my fellow moms, Have the Best Mother’s Day Ever!