Parenting 101

Brandi and I seem to have lots of friends who are currently expecting or just had their first children. We’ve officially decided we’re “done” (not going for the little girl). But as parents of 3 boys people (that have not met our boys) often ask us for parenting advice.

So in the spirit of fun I thought we could partner together to help all these new parents out by sharing some of the lessons we’ve learned. I’ve also included this handy brochure below for you visual learners.

So what parenting advice would you offer first time parents?

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68 Responses to “Parenting 101”

  1. kc says:

    keep your children far, far away from Pete Wilson. ;-)
    .-= kc´s last blog ..Fathers =-.

  2. Hahaha, that’s funny! I gave that book to my brother-in-law for Christmas, and he loved it. He said it wasn’t too different from the “Dos and Don’ts of Parenting” pamphlets he received when he first child was born.
    .-= Travis Mamone´s last blog ..People of Doubt =-.

  3. Michael says:

    lol. I think the best one is nursing the baby.

    I would also say that “South Park” is not as educational as Sesamee Street.
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..God Wants To Put Tomatoes On Your Sandwhich =-.

  4. cshell says:

    I’d say don’t listen to others…they will all say something different (just sit back and watch this thread)

    Half the fun/experience from parenting is learning from our mistakes and figuring it out with trial and error.

    Our poor 1st child had it so rough, she resents our third with as much stuff as he is allowed to get away with :D

    Every kid is different/unique in his own way, it won’t be the same for each child.

    And if you are a supporter of “Growing Kids God’s Way” that’s fine, but please don’t name your paddle the “wisdom worker” …it’s taken ;)

  5. [...] Parenting Advice For First Time Parents Filed under: Family — bloodbought @ 9:38 am Tags: Fatherhood, parenting Pete Wilson has some do’s and don’ts for first time parents.  Parenting 101 | WithoutWax.tv by Pete Wilson. [...]

  6. Amy says:

    That set always makes me laugh.

    I have several friends with newborns and all I can ever tell them is SLEEP. sleep, sleep, sleep. Before baby comes, sleep in. When baby comes, sleep when baby sleeps. Forget showers! SLEEP!!
    .-= Amy´s last blog ..Sunday Highlights: Love, Sex, God: True Love =-.

  7. diane says:

    The Easter before our son was born, my parents gave us that book. Too funny – although it does have some good words of advice! :)

    I think my advice is to remember we’re not perfect. We’re not going to get it right every time, but we can learn as we go. Networking is also good – talking with other parents who have kids your age, and parents who have elder children.

    ALSO – CONTINUE TO DATE YOUR SPOUSE! Although our son is 2 1/2, we’ve already learned the importance of dating. Some nights, that means eating dinner and cuddling on the couch watching DVR’d shows after Dillon goes to bed. Sometimes, we get the grandparents or our friends to babysit and we go out somewhere. But, in 16 years when Dillon is in college, I want to make sure I still remember why I fell in love with my husband and be more in love with him then I am now – and that takes giving up some of the parental reigns and making sure he knows he is important to me as well!
    .-= diane´s last blog ..A quick video =-.

  8. jezamama says:

    Of the seven pictures above I got 5 out of 7 right. Not too bad! lol

    Two things I’ve learned in parenting our four little ones:
    1. Prayer
    2. Time

    Facedown in the dirt prayer before the throne of grace. God is the ultimate parent. And making sure I give time to my kids. To listen, play and laugh together. They need time with me, not the stuff I can give them.
    .-= jezamama´s last blog ..A Picture is Worth… =-.

  9. Aaron J says:

    My parenting advice? Don’t check for a dirty diaper by reaching back and pulling the diaper away from their back. Chances are, you’ll get a surprise sooner or later. Also, if you have a baby that spits up easily, it isn’t advised that you pick them up over your head and play with them. There’s a good chance they may vomit directly into your mouth. And, Yes, I learned both the hard way.

  10. joyce says:

    Don’t rush.
    Keep your sense of humor.
    Choose joy.
    Pray often.

    I think sometimes we hurry thru various stages with our children thinking, ‘I can’t wait until they can do xyz’. Moments are happening…be in the moment.

    Kids do things that make us crazy sometimes. A sense of humor helps enormously in the world of parenting.

    I want my kids to look back on their childhood and remember a mother who chose to be joyful. Who enjoyed their personalities, their similarities to me as well as their uniqueness.

    Pray for your kids. It’s cliche. But just because it’s cliche doesn’t make it any less powerful. I think this is the single best thing a parent can do in raising a child.
    .-= joyce´s last blog ..Men are from Mars =-.

    • Megan says:

      “I want my kids to look back on their childhood and remember a mother who chose to be joyful.”

      Good words to live by, Joyce!
      .-= Megan´s last blog ..Some of my favorites from the IS awareness shoot =-.

    • Erin says:

      Yep, so totally agree with “a mother that [chooses] to be joyful,” yet so hard to do at times–some days, I look back and wonder if I said anything nice/joyful/encouraging to my child in any of the short time I saw them (between their school and my work, it’s short indeed). Sigh . . .

      My word of advice, enjoy every day; they grow up so fast (although these teenage years may kill me!!).

  11. Josh Hannah says:

    I thought you might need these tips.

  12. Heidi H says:

    Every so often take you kids to a restaurant that doesn’t have a playplace or a clown as a mascot. Teach them how to sit still at the table for a while and how to have good manners in public. :)
    .-= Heidi H´s last blog ..At the museum =-.

  13. Lisa Robertson says:

    If you’re at all concerned about taking parenting advice from Pete, watch the “Worm” video. :-)

  14. Kathy White says:

    I had three boys in 3.5 years. They are now 20, 18 and 17. My advice would be to train them to be gentlemen. I trained my boys early to say yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir, no sir, please, thank you and pardon me. I trained them early to open the door for me and to carry things to and from the car for me.
    I am now reaping the benefits of that training. My boys are ALL boy – rough and tumble and all that, but they are also very polite and respectful.

    Oh, one more thing – instill in them a strong work ethic. It will serve them well later.

  15. Hilarious! A great way to start a Thursday.

    Thank you for the humor.
    .-= Dusty Rayburn´s last blog ..Speak His Word =-.

  16. katdish says:

    (that have not met our boys) – HA! That made me giggle!

    My advice? Mostly, this too shall pass. My firstborn didn’t sleep thru the night for almost 18 freaking months. I was an emotional mess!

    What I want to know is, how come no one ever tells you how difficult that first year will be? I was actually mad at my mom for not telling me. Then she told me to get over myself and stop being such a crybaby. Tough love.

    Practical advice? No one besides you and your spouse are particularly interested in how many bowel movements your baby has had in the past 24 hours.
    .-= katdish´s last blog ..Faithfulness – To thine own self be true =-.

  17. Jim F. says:

    For first time parents always remember Benadryl is your friend!

    On a more serious note: Always remember you children will leave but your spouse will always be there so make sure you do not forget about your spouse for your kids. My kids know that if mom and my relationship is good then things will be good for the whole house. When I date her the relationships in the whole house improve.

    Funny stuff!
    .-= Jim F.´s last blog ..Soaring =-.

  18. Rodney says:

    I wish I had that advise when my kids were babies. So much therapy. jk – that’s some funny stuff! – so no more kiddos – so have you had the surgery? snip snip
    .-= Rodney´s last blog ..Wednesday 9-2-09 Day Nine =-.

  19. Bob Willits says:

    Do: give your child 2 tablespoons of Dimetapp before long car rides (they will sleep all 8 hours of the journey).

    Don’t: give them soda and candy on a long trip.

    @tapper

  20. That is hilarious! I too have many friends and family having babies and we stopped with the one. They are a lot of work – well worth it but ours is 7 so don’t want to start over with diapers and baby food.

  21. K. Witt says:

    Decide to pour God’s Word into their minds, hearts and lives. Just read this today — amazing…. http://bit.ly/bM8cs1

  22. mommycub says:

    I love those books! Given them to a few first time parents when I find them in the “fru fru” super girly shops. Scary thing is that sometimes those pictures are pretty necessary… or was that just me. ;-)

  23. haaaaha… that’s great..

    My best advice is, let them be little.. They need structure and routine, but so many parents are so driven by this need to appear perfect, and project that onto their kids.. It’s okay if they get muddy.. It’s okay to let them build forts and make a mess sometimes.. Let them be little while they still are. :)

  24. woody says:

    Relationships in this order:

    1. My relationship with my Saviour.
    2. My relationship with my spouse.
    3. My relationship with my child.

    Too often the kids become the CEO’s. They revolve around the marriage relationship, not the other way around.

  25. DisneyCyndi says:

    OMG that is hilarious! Gee, its been so long for me. Marc and I had our’s so young and they were back to back. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing until probably the third one (LOL). Just love on them, share the story of Jesus with them by living the life that God blessed you with, respect them but be the parent and not just the friend.
    .-= DisneyCyndi´s last blog ..Life Is Good!!!! =-.

  26. holly says:

    As I’m about to have our third after a 5 year gap some of these reminders were quite helpful. However, the best advice I can give to new parents is to be prepared to love someone more than you ever thought that you could. A parent’s love is so different from the love you have for your own parents, your siblings, your spouse, friends, etc. – it is utterly overwhelming and wonderful. You wouldn’t think twice to lay down your life for that little miracle. It makes you realize just how much God loves you and all of his children – a very important reminder.
    .-= holly´s last blog ..The Transformation =-.

  27. Jeannine says:

    I can wait to be a grandma! I don’t think my girls are on the right side of the instruction book yet.lol

  28. devbeth says:

    Make memories – the days pass so very quickly.

  29. Funny!!!!
    .-= Michele Helms´s last blog ..Meals. =-.

  30. Don’t sweat potty training. I promise your kids will learn to use the potty before they start school. Pushing it before they are really ready is like trying to teach a pig to sing: it’s impossible and it annoys the pig.

    My girls are (almost) 18 and 21. I laugh when I hear parents of young kids stress over potty training, just as I did when mine were little. If I’d only known how little it really matters, I’d have worried less about it and saved my anxiety for …

    Puberty. Middle school. Driver’s license. Dating. Breakups. Girl drama. College. Jobs.

    Encouraging, isn’t it? :-P
    .-= beth g sanders´s last blog ..Where Are You With Location-Based Apps? =-.

  31. TD says:

    Ah man, if only we’d had these instructions a few years back when our 3 boys were smaller.
    .-= TD´s last blog ..No, I do not want to sign up for your credit card! =-.

  32. patricia says:

    LOL @ nursing baby. that’s funny!

    what about nursing babies in front of people? i met a person who nursed her child in a restaurant in front of everyone at the table.. without covering ANYTHING.

    yes…she let it all hang out…while we were eating… and i met her for the first time that day. it was so awkward.
    .-= patricia´s last blog ..3.24.10 MarchMadness. =-.

  33. gitz says:

    I say, get a dog. I can swear at him and lock him in a kennel and no one thinks I’m a bad person. :)
    .-= gitz´s last blog ..My Mission: Thrive Africa =-.

  34. JamesBrett says:

    first of all, this is absolutely hilarious.

    second, has anyone ever told you that your profile picture makes you look almost exactly like dana carvey? dude, you could do a mean church lady…
    .-= JamesBrett´s last blog ..bone fairies and canadian commercials =-.

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  36. Julie says:

    I was thinking back to when my kids (who are now 20, 18, and 14) were babies..What do I wish someone had told me…
    I wish someone had told me that during the middle of the night feedings use a low wattage lamp or even nightlight, talk in whispers, no TV, no radio…as quiet as you normally keep nighttime in your home and during the day make normal daily noises, run the vacuum, the washer/dryer, the dishwasher, let the doorbell ring or the knocker be used, talk in normal voices…why you may ask…because babies learn sleep patterns quickly and they are nearly impossible to break.
    I wish someone had told me to relax more, we sterilized EVERYTHING when we got our first one home… bottles, nipples, the brush that we cleaned bottles and nipples with, the pan we boiled bottles, nipples and the brush in…and one day, the baby spit out her pacifier, and I ran it under water and stuck it back in her mouth… I don’t know how long I had been doing that, and why it hadn’t occurred to me to sterilize it too, but it didn’t, after that I relaxed about what was clean enough.
    I agree 100% about sleeping when you can, EVERYTHING else can wait. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep.
    Most importantly, remember ultimately YOU are the parent, ONLY YOU will answer for how you raised your child. You really can trust your instincts most of the time, and when you doubt your instincts, please don’t be afraid to ask a trusted, experienced parent/friend for advice. We won’t laugh (much) we really do just want to help…

  37. Natalie McCain says:

    Hahaha!! Thank you for this!! I am going to be a first time parent (I’m almost 10 weeks along) and appreciate all the insight I can get!! I have to share these pictures with my husband, he’ll get a laugh!! :o)

  38. You could pay me a bajillionty dollars and I’d *still* not go back to the first three years of parenthood. No no never never uh uh uh. This might explain why first-time parents avoid me like the plague. :)

  39. Maria says:

    I have but one son, and I have learned a lot from him, but one thing sticks out to me. My attitude determines how hard or easy parenting him is. Looking back (and now comparing to my friends babies since we were the first in our group to have a baby), my son was very difficult, and my husband’s job requires a lot of travel, so I was alone with The Boy a lot. A friend remarked last week that she never thought it was hard, because I never complained. Sure, I told her it was hard, but my attitude was never that because The Boy was challenging, parenting stunk. So yes, I enjoy(ed) the good — the co-sleeping, nursing, his first I love you, etc– and the not as good– illnesses, not being a naturally good sleeper, crying, etc.

    In summary, parenting is what you make of it.
    .-= Maria´s last blog ..Confident and Unlovable =-.

  40. Joseph says:

    Gee thanks Pete…not I have to ditch my air horn.
    .-= Joseph´s last blog ..A Quick Call =-.

  41. Anna says:

    Its ok for a baby to cry – If they are screaming bloody murder and start giggling and being cute immediately after you pick them up .. they are playing you and it only gets uglier

  42. Christine says:

    Those pictures are a scream!I’ve seen them before, but they’re funny every time!

    My advice – understand that things will come out of your mouth that never would have if you’d never become a parent and that it’s OK.

    No one will think less of you when you say stuff like “Do not put broccoli in the dishwasher” or “Why is your sister’s shoe in your mouth?”
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Wait, When Did My Driver’s Seat Become a Pulpit? =-.

  43. Kevin M. says:

    LOL! Now all my secrets are out … ;)
    .-= Kevin M.´s last blog ..Looking for acceptance in all the wrong places =-.

  44. Nathan says:

    Ha, love these. I actually posted them on my blog a few months ago too, there’s quite a few others you didn’t include. Good stuff.

    http://bit.ly/aODYyT
    .-= Nathan´s last blog ..Is God Bipolar? Part 2 =-.

  45. Steve says:

    I don’t see any problems wiht number two and number seven!

  46. Mysoul says:

    LOL, those are a hilarious yet to the point advice for new parents….

    My advice would be
    1. sleep when the baby sleeps, and if you cant sleep, just close your eyes and rest, breathe mindfully, when the baby is sleeping.
    2. Repeat Mantra – “This too shall pass.” With children these moments pass too soon.
    3. Ask what is important in the big picture – Clean house, immaculate nails or enough rest, looking after your needs(not wants) and being there for the baby.
    4. Keep all electronic stuff out of the bedroom. It helps make the space for rest more restful and calm.
    5. Go with the flow, dont try enforcing like a dictator instead move like the tree in the wind.
    6. Remember to laugh, nothing beats an upbeat attitude and a good sense of humour.

    Most of all, feel blessed for the fact that you do have a soul that chose to come through you.

  47. Jacob says:

    There is nothing wrong with this if the kids like it.
    http://twitpic.com/1b2il8
    .-= Jacob´s last blog ..If The Pastor Isn’t Wearing Converse, I Am Not Listening. =-.

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  49. This was hilarious! I am definitely passing this post along to my sister who is expecting in May!
    .-= Falguni Patel´s last blog ..Faith In Rainbows =-.

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  51. So. hmm. That’s what’s wrong with my kids. Who knew about the cage vs. playpen. Whoops!
    .-= Sarah Walston´s last blog ..Family Update =-.

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