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Parenting Tip of the Day: Dec. 30

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“When you’re learning to navigate the turbulent waters of new parenthood, you’ll undoubtedly encounter a lot of folks offering what they think are time-tested words of wisdom. Sure, these (usually childless) people mean well, but when caring for your first newborn, these bits of advice often do nothing more than exacerbate your already tense mood, causing incalculable emotional damage. So, here’s [how] to defend yourself against some of the most common types of encounters [with various people] — including, ‘You should get some extra help.’ Harm: Your checkbook already cries each time you open it, and digging up the money for a sitter, let alone a nanny, lies just below, ‘Install a helipad on the roof’ on the list of things you can afford right now. Defense: Stomp down on their left foot.” — David Vienna in HowtoBeaDad.com

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