Ally of Even Miracles Take a Little Time recently commented:
It's so funny. You get a big brand new TV and you get a 1000 page how to. You have a child and they say ok here she is and good luck and a hug. Thank GOD for parenting books and the internet, I think !?
To borrow from a joke about economists, the problem is that one can go to ten different sources on how to deal with this or that problem and get eleven different answers! For example:
--- How much should she eat? On what sort of schedule? WHAT should she eat?
--- How much should she sleep? On what sort of schedule? What if she doesn't act tired: should she still go down? What if she DOES act tired long before she's scheduled to go down?
--- When should we start potty training? (my wife is working hard to break me of using the term "house breaking")
--- What about play? Am I a bad parent because I do / don't put on educational videos or let her play by herself or try to guide her play?
--- I gave her a math book and even opened it for her. Should I worry that, instead of trying to work some problems, she started chewing on the cover?
Whether to give her chicken or fish for lunch shouldn't be such a hard choice!