By Cheryl Bac
Look at the weekUploaded: Nov 30, 2013
When I first moved to Palo Alto, I was warmly welcomed into a park play group that met once a week. The women in this group had children around my son's age and constantly offered up their parenting wisdom.
One of the first pieces of advice that stuck with me was to "look at the week." A pediatrician eased one mom's worries by explaining how it's normal for a toddler's diet to fluctuate day by day. Some days it will feel like they are constantly hungry and others like food is the last thing on their minds. But, generally, everything evens itself out if you look at the entire week.
When I heard this advice, I realized that it is how I parent in general, not just with food. And that this weekly park date was helping me focus on the week rather than on each individual day.
It's common for toddlers to have off days...when you run out of their favorite cereal, when they are finally tall enough to bump their head on the bottom of every table in your house, or when it is a Tuesday. However, if you look at the entire week, everything generally evens out. The lows are mixed with amazing highs that you wouldn't trade for anything.
What simple parenting advice resonated with you?