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What Was Your Parenting Instruction Manual?

There’s a barrage of parenting resources out there these days for parents at every stage in their lives and with kids of every age and disposition. First time parent? There’s a blog for that. Adoptive parent? There’s a book for that. Parent of a child with special needs? Take your pick of books, blogs, programs, and specialists.

New parents might have it the worst, with stacks and stacks (literally and digitally) of materials available to them and enough pre-baby peace and quiet to read or for more than broken intervals of time. From classics like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “Happiest Baby on the Block” to newer and trendier resources like “A Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy” or the Scary Mommy Blog, there’s no shortage of information and opinions on parenthood.

But parents of older kids have it tough, too. How many times have you wished there was a manual that told you what button to push to make your two-year-old’s tantrum stop? Or a handbook on how not to worry all night long about your teenager? How many hours have you spent Googling behaviors, health issues, or child developmental milestones, trying to better understand, and parent, your child.

The sheer volume of information available is incredible. It can also be frustrating. Researcher and author Danah Boyd admits to throwing her “fair share of them [parenting books] across the room” in her review of Parentology by Dalton Conley. Surely she’s not the only one to admit that there’s not a prescription for parenting.

On the other hand, there are a lot of great parenting tips, tools, and advice that can be found online and in books on parenting. So how, as a parent, have you navigated the vast sea of parenting resources? What was your parenting instruction manual?

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