I don't read parenting books. They cause me to lose sleep. Lists of ways I am failing miserably? No thank you.
Our parenting style is two-fold. 1.) Fly By The Seat of Our Pants 2.) Do Whatever Allison Hilliard Tells Us To Do.
It's worked pretty well so far. We've got some wonderful kids, if I do say so myself.
But getting back to not reading parenting books, there are times when I wish I did. For example, our new daughter has been nervous at the dinner table since day-one. We're not sure why. Its as if the whole experience terrifies her (she'd make a poor first-impression on a date). Lately she has taken to rubbing her hands through her hair in a frantic way - hands which are, of course, covered in peanut butter or pizza sauce or what-have-you. By the time she gets down from the table, Jubilee resembles a model in a swanky hairstyle magazine.
So what a does a mom who doesn't read parenting books do in situations like this? She steps into the other room to think, think, think. Aha! I'll tie a bandana around her head for mealtimes. And that is exactly what I did.
Jubilee wasn't too sure what to make of it at first.
Jubilee left the rag on her head for the entire meal, and even cried a little when I took it off and hung it on the back of her chair.