President Abraham Lincoln didn’t have today’s parents in mind when he uttered the words: “Don’t blindly trust anything or anyone.” But that sentiment has never been truer than for those navigating parenthood in today’s world. Some parenting advice is really great, but a lot of it is just plain wrong or leftover from previous generations. And it sticks around because no one bothers to raise their hand and ask why.
Many parenting myths seem designed to make us feel like we’re bad parents. Yet, spending every waking hour hovering over your child and reacting positively to every single thing they do doesn’t necessarily make you a good parent. The bottom line is, don’t be scammed by parenting myths, and don’t judge yourself too harshly. Here are some of the biggest ones out there that you really shouldn’t waste any time worrying about.