Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Bad Parenting Advice

Three years ago, when Jeff the Baptist was about to get married, I held a contest to see who could give him the worst marital advice. The comments are filled with unhelpful suggestions.

Now that Gavin Richardson is a first-time daddy, I'd like to hold a similar contest. What is the most ill-conceived and poorly-reasoned parenting advice that you can offer Gavin?

The winner gets to name Gavin's next child, as well as mine.

10 comments:

Jeff the Baptist said...

Hmmm I never did get around to giving Tony that smooch...

Bro. Dave said...

Hold a contest and allow complete strangers to name your next child!

rocksalive777 said...

http://www.xkcd.com/531/

JohnB said...

Try to be your child's best friend.

John said...

Good one, rocksalive777!

It's also the Jem'Hadar approach.

John Meunier said...

You can teach a child to swim by throwing him in the swimming pool, so it stands to reason you can teach about electricity by giving him a fork and letting natural curiosity work its wonders.

David said...

remember "Spare the Rod, Spoil the Child" either means you need to beat your child into submission, or you need to never discipline him/her and provide anything they ever want, or could want, regardless of the expense or toll it takes on you to spoil them endlessly

The Thief said...

Find babysitters on the local registered sex offender database.

Monica said...

forgo the babysitter in favor of this method: http://bit.ly/zTSbR

gavin richardson said...

i'll take any advice i can get.