Even though I don’t have a baby, you should listen to my parenting advice. Because I’m that wise.
I don’t often give parenting advice. What with not having babies. Or the ability to keep houseplants alive.
But I thought I’d share some advice I recently gave to a woman expecting a baby in six weeks – a woman who suddenly realized that while a friend with the same due date has a picture perfect nursery waiting for their soon to arrive son, and she has done nothing. Except one childbirth class, and of course that whole building a whole new person thing. But now she is a little worried that the baby is going to come home from the hospital and have to sleep in a dresser drawer.
But I say if you’re worried that you’ll be judged by your adult daughter for not having provided a magazine spread to live in as a tiny infant… well, photo shop some baby photos of your little one into the nursery photo above. And tell your daughter that was her room.
And if she later points out that in other photos of her childhood the room looks totally different, say something along the lines of “you went through a pretty destructive stage as soon as you could crawl, but we love you anyway…”
See, that way you’ve gone from feeling guilty, to making her feel like she owes you something.