What's the best parenting advice you've been given?
"Ethan, what makes a mommy a good mommy?"
"Einsteins!" (we are currently downloading an episode from Itunes he fell in love with at my parents).
"What else? What do you like mommy to do?"
"Color me." (he leaves out the word with... he doesn't actually mean color him, although he'd probably love it...)
"Cut yours hairs. Snap, snap, snap."
"You want to cut my hair?"
"Yep, snap, snap, snap......" and off he went in search of scissors... note to self, hide all real scissors...
As to the best advice I've gotten (besides from the two year old)... It's the same advice I got as a teacher- You can't be perfect. You can do your best, work really hard, make the world a better place, but you CAN'T be perfect. And you can't get down on yourself when you're not. Learn to laugh at yourself and you'll be a much happier mommy. Like when you realize you just drove to a baseball game an hour from home with no bottle, no formula, no brain, apparently. You can lose your mind, or you can laugh. I choose laughing!
I try to teach my students this every year too. Don't take yourself so seriously. You're going to screw up, you're going to fall down. Laugh it off and keep moving....