When my first baby came, I received a card with some advice from a new friend who had an older baby:
"Whatever you feel, at this point, is NORMAL."
She had been through the turbulence of early parenthood and would have loved to have known that herself at the time.
Other tips passed on from friends included:
"Have a shower, put on some makeup, and get out of the house." - great advice under any circumstances, methinks!
"Get organized. Do online shopping. It will make your life easier."
And this one I particularly like:
"Don't stress about the housework. Leave the vacuum cleaner near the door so if guests come round you can say, I was just about to hoover! With any luck, they might offer to do it for you."
The best advice is attributable in many diverse circumstances - do you agree? Are there moments in your past you wish you could go back to and whisper reassurance or encouragement in the ear of your younger self?
Do you think you would have listened?
" I used to tell couples getting married that the only thing I could tell them with certainty was that they would hurt each other."
(Joe Reynolds, quoted in Rising Strong)
Unusual and profound marriage guidance!
On my own relationship front, I would go back to my 23-year-old self at the knotty start of my relationship with my now husband and tell her,
" Relax. You'll be together."
What were the best tips you received - as a new parent, or generally?
And what would you whisper to your younger self?
aka The Writing Parent