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Annoying parenting advice

BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE All Woman writer husseyd@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, March 17, 2013    

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EVERYONE will have their little bit of advice to dish out once you become a parent, and while you may not mind getting pointers when you ask for it, it can be most annoying when you didn't. It's especially annoying when these recommendations come from persons who assume you know nothing about motherhood, and that they could do a better job bringing up your children for you.

Below, some mothers tell some of the most annoying parenting advice they have heard.

Carlene Phillips, mother of one:

My grandmother gives the most annoying advice. I think because of her age she thinks that she knows the right way to grow my child. She wants to tell me how to cook her food, how to comb her hair -- everything. For example, she tells me not to cook banana porridge for my daughter, but I should instead cook cornmeal porridge because it has more nutrients. She keeps advising me not to give her macaroni and cheese, but to give her cornmeal porridge only. She always wants me to give her cornmeal porridge because she says my daughter is too thin.

Camielia Saunders, mother of one:

As a young mother people would tell me to wake up at 6:00 am and bathe the baby and walk her, as if to say something drastic would happen if I didn't do it at that particular time. Then I was told that when I'm breastfeeding I should not eat pepper and curry because the curry would make the baby's belly run, or the milk would turn yellow. Then they would tell me to always make sure the baby's head was covered and to put socks on her -- in the middle of the sun hot when the baby was sweating. Things like those were really annoying because they don't make sense.

Karen Bent, mother of one:

Every time my baby is sick my grandmother has a special home remedy already prepared in a bottle that she uses on her, or she beat up garlic and give it to her. She doesn't want me to give her prescribed medicines. If there's anything wrong with the baby, she'll rub her up with the thing in her bottle. It's very annoying, and worse, the thing smells bad so my daughter is always fussing and wanting me to wash it off. If she has a cold she rub her up and give her garlic; if she has a fever, same thing.

Cheryl Walker, mother of two:

One of my daughters has eczema and my mother wouldn't let me use the cream that I got from the doctor on her, she wants to rub her up with 'sinkle bible' (aloe vera).

Ann-Marie Allen, mother three:

I could not for the life of me understand when my son was still wetting the bed at three, why family members insisted that it was because I was allowing him to, because all I needed to do was leave water in a bath pan outside overnight and wake him up before day break, strip him naked, and bathe him in the ice cold water! That they said would make him stop wetting his bed. That made absolutely no sense to me.

Trudy Morgan, mother of two:

Even though the nurses in the hospital told me not to give the baby any bush tea, my mother-in-law insisted that I give her bush tea because it will 'buss gas'.

Georgette Manning, mother of three:

One of my children was born premature and my grandmother told me that I should start giving the baby cornmeal porridge two days after birth because it would help her to grow and put on weight.

Orienthia James, mother of two:

I used to get a lot of advice that just rubbed me the wrong way. I was told that whatever I was eating I should rub it on the baby's mouth first so that it would not run his belly when I was breastfeeding. So if I was eating anything with pepper the same rule would apply. Can you imagine the effect it would have on the poor baby? Then I was told to open the Bible at the head of the bed to Psalm 91 or Psalm 23, and that would keep duppy away. So I want to know if duppy can read Bible!

Tamara Spaulding, mother of four:

My mother and grandmother used to tell me to tie red string on the baby's hands or in the hair. This would run evil and if anybody 'bad mind' them they wouldn't get meagre. Then they would stick this thing in the baby's hair called asafoetida -- it was very stink! No matter how you bathe the baby and wash the hair you would still smell it. That was to prevent the baby from getting a head cold.

Elizabeth Porter, mother of one

My grandmother would always hold my son's nose and squeeze it together and she told me that if I do that all the time his nose would grow straight. She has another grandchild, a girl, and she would push her bottom upwards all the time. When she was bathing her she would wash it upwards and say that this would make her have a good shape when she gets older as it would make it grow round instead of long and shapeless.

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