80 Pieces of Random, Awesome Advice for Parents

What happens when you ask Facebook followers for random advice?

No specific topic or guidance. It could be about kids, families, relationships, or simply practical things.

Just great advice. 

Some of the best advice for parents I've seen on the internet!Here’s what you get:

Inspirational

1 |  It’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice.

2 |  The grass is greener where you water it.

3 |  Nothing in nature blooms all the time, why should you?

4 |  No matter how “big” you get….never forget who you are and where you came from.

5 |  Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

6 |  Don’t be afraid of being afraid.

7 |  ‘No’ is a complete sentence. ‘No’ is an answer and you don’t have to give an explanation.

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8 |  Life’s too short to simply exist. Be sure to LIVE!

9 |  You are not responsible for anyone’s happiness, just your own.

10 |  It didn’t get all messed up overnight…it won’t be fixed overnight. Just start somewhere and keep working till you get it all right. 

11 |  Never accept criticism from someone you wouldn’t take advice from.

12 |  Don’t wait on others for anything. Life is too short! Travel solo, go to the show, etc….

13 |  Being humble doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself, it means thinking of yourself less.

14 |  Everyone makes mistakes is how you handle them that matters. Also doing the same thing twice is not a mistake.

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15 |  Don’t be so busy counting the sprinkles on someone else’s ice cream that your ice cream melts.

16 |  You don’t stop playing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop playing!

17 |  You are never too old to change. 

18 |  Even when no one is watching, continue to do the right thing.

19 |  You learn more about yourself on your worst days than you do on your best days. How you handle disaster reveals who you are.

20 |  Progress is progress, no matter how small.

Apple sitting on books

Practical 

21 |  When you’re going through sh*t don’t cut your bangs! Trust me on this.

22 |  Never sign the IEP in the IEP meeting – always take it home, sleep on it and make sure you’ve processed all that’s in it and that you’re ok with it. 

23 |  Always have a bottle of champagne in your fridge. You never know when you’ll have something to celebrate!

24|  Wear moisturizer with sunscreen every day even if not planning to go outside. Put it on your ears and neck and chest if wearing an open necked shirt. Your future self will thank you.

25|  Don’t dye your hair purple with cheap dye during a pandemic.

26 | When you’re embarrassed of something you did or said, try to remember something someone else did recently that was embarrassing…. You’ll find it’s a lot harder to remember what others have done, which means people probably don’t remember what you’re so focused on either. 

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27 |  If you’re not using it, get rid of it. You’re not going to use it more by putting it away in a closet.

28 |  Never pass up a chance to pee…

29 |  Be your own biggest fan/best friend. Treat yourself well and others will be more likely to do the same.

30 |  Love hard. Drink water. Fight racism

31 |  Get your advanced directive signed and submitted! You’re never too young!

32 |  Always open a new bag of sugar over the sink.

33 |  When picking out grapes, look for green stems. 

34 |  For work (but maybe applies to more), pick the people not the project. You are smart enough to learn the project, but can’t change people’s personalities

35 |  Nothing good happens after midnight. 

36 |  “If it seems like one person is being an asshole… it’s probably them. If it seems like every person is being an asshole… it’s probably you “

37 |  Spray pb blaster on the bolts you’re going to be working on at least 2 days in advance. When you start working on it the bolts will come off willingly.

38 |  Wet carrots don’t hold ranch.

39 |  Using bleach to clean bloodstains, doesn’t clean it up properly. You need to remove moldings, baseboards, subfloor, drywall—and don’t forget the ceiling. Trust me, I’m an expert.

40 |  Keep a bottle of baby powder in your beach bag. It gets dry sand off hands, face or wherever else like a charm!

41 |  Use a plastic knife to cut brownies. You’ll get cleaner lines and the brownie won’t stick to the knife.

42 |  White chalk gets out most oil stains on clothes. “Color” on the back of the stain & it will soak up the oil. Just be mindful not too scrub the material too harshly.

43 |  When you buy a car, make sure you don’t need premium gas!

44 |  In awkward social situations my mother always said: “Smile and act bored.”

45 |  Don’t wear new shoes on vacation. You’ll get a blister and be miserable the whole trip.

46 |  Cut up pancakes with a pizza cutter.

Coins spilled out of jar

Financial 

47 |  Live below your means, best advice I have received.

48 |  You will seldom regret money that you spend on experiences or travel.

49 |  Don’t allow the “Jones'” to dictate your worth.

50 |  Make a menu based on your schedule and shop for what you need rather than wandering aimlessly through the grocery store. This will save you money and you won’t have to think about what’s for supper every night.

51 |  Pay your bills on time, if you have extra give to a needy person. Be KIND.

52 |  Do not apply for new credit when you’re in the middle of a mortgage/refinance.

53 |  Take full advantage if your employer offers to match 401k savings. Never leave free money on the table.

54 |  Never pay in advance.

55 |  Create an emergency savings account so that when life’s unexpected happens to you, it will not destroy your life.

56 |  Never give out more than you can afford to lose; emotionally, physically, or financially.

57 |  Don’t push your kids or yourself to incur the debt of a 4 year-college if they are unsure. Community colleges, trade schools, and apprenticeships are great opportunities.

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58 |  Before you impulse buy stuff on Amazon, or if you are planning a project, ask for random things you need on a local facebook free/swap group.

Couple holding eachother

Relationship

59 |  Stop staying with the guy/girl that’s clearly not going to change, it doesn’t matter how much you love them if they are treating you with disrespect. 

60 |  A very wise senior mentor told me once that the best advice she ever heard was “to just watch and listen, say very little and not react, all the truths would be revealed.” 

61 |  You don’t have to share everything with a partner.

62 |  You’re not a mind reader and neither is anyone else. So never assume you know what someone else is thinking and never assume they know what you’re thinking.

63 |  If I cut you off it’s because you handed me the scissors.

64 |  Always say I love you to the people in your life – it may be the last time you can.

65 |  Women juggle a lot of balls. You have to know which are plastic and which are glass.

66 |  If your family doesn’t like your girlfriend of boyfriend then they probably aren’t the ones for you! 

67 |  If you’re in a relationship and you’re fighting, fight naked. The fight gets over faster.

68 |  Always build your partner up, don’t tear them down!

69 |  In an argument with your loved one, it’s not you against one another but rather the two of you together against the problem.

70 |  Going to bed mad is not always a bad thing. Sometime rest and time is important to get some perspective and space to realize what you’re fighting about isn’t really anything at all.

Couple laying on a bed holding their baby

Children

71 |  Your kids won’t be little forever. Play with them when they want to play. Lay in bed with them for another 5 minutes rubbing their back. Listen to their stories that seem to have no endings. Frame their artwork so they know how special it is. Embrace everything about their childhood.

72 |  Advocate for your children’s boundaries when they are too little to speak for themselves.

73 |  Be the parent driving your kids and their friends around…you’ll learn what is happening in their lives!

74 |  Never trust quiet kids.

75 |  Don’t rush yourself or your kids if you don’t have to.

76 |  “Every child is different, but so is every PARENT — so what works for another family, even with a child just like yours, may or may not work for you.” (It always resonated with me to acknowledge that not all parents are created equal, and have different strengths, so it’s OK if you don’t have the patience, or creativity, or read-aloud voice, or strong muscles, or whatever that make something possible for another family — there will be something different that works for you and your particular strengths)

77 |  Apologize to your kids. They don’t expect perfect parent, just loving ones.

78 |  We can take neither all of the blame nor all of the credit for how our children turn out.

79 |  When your kids jump in puddles, join them.


And finally, the absolute BEST piece of advice we received….

80 |  My advice: Taking advice from random people on the internet isn’t always the greatest idea.

Some of the best advice for parents I've seen on the internet!

About Author

Jo

Hi, I’m Jo!

I have two small children, Ry and Lily, only 19 months apart. It’s usually crazy around my house, but thankfully my wonderful husband is around a ton and helps keep the peace.

I also own my own business and work full-time. I’d love to list all these amazing hobbies I have, but honestly I can barely handle keeping the kids entertained, the house clean, and food on the table. Although on days I’m too tired to do housework, I love to pour a glass of wine and watch Supernatural or Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix.

My husband and I like to stay very busy and drag our kids everywhere with us. Weekends often include relaxing at wineries, festivals, exploring Washington D.C. and other short getaway trips.

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