Friday Frivolity - Bad New Mom Advice

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...

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At last week's party, we shared a list of baby items you're better off without.

This week, we're sharing some new mom advice you DON'T want to take:

This sounds like a good idea, but unless you want your home to actual resemble a pigsty or have a live-in maid/personal trainer/or second one of you, then it's pretty impractical.

Guess what? All those baby naps? That's your chance to actually clean/cook/exercise/shower/make phone calls/basically do anything you need/want to at all!

There's advice and then there's "advice."

You'll soon figure out the difference, but my advice (snort!) to anyone thinking of giving advice is this:

Don't do it.

Unless you're asked.

You're going to hear more "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts" than you ever thought possible - much of it completely conflicting with what you just heard the day before.

You know what you really should do?

What's best for your family. And just ignore the rest!

Oh, you'll still want to try to control everything - to do what you can to ensure no harm or unhappiness comes to your precious little baby.

Try your best, but just give yourself some grace.

No matter how much you try, you're not really in control.

Now, on to the link-up! 

The Hosts:

Host, Lisa, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!

  Lisa is an awesomely hilarious and authentic writer who marches to her own drum on her blog Syncopated Mama, providing an "un-labelly spot" for all the happily off-beat folks out there who have been wishing to find kindred spirits. She shares her adventures building a natural home, teaching her adorbs daughter, establishing and refining positive communication skills, camping, creating, cooking, and so much more! Lisa's latest post is a hilarious and awesome list of Stocking Stuffers from A-Z... you've gotta check it out!

Friday Frivolity Host Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom

Sarah Eliza is on a mission to Devastate Boredom by living life with laughter and intention! Her blog is your spot for Capsule Wardrobe how-to's and inspiration, humor, encouragement, life-hacks, Read / DON'T Read book reviews, and more!  Stop by her blog for winter Capsule Wardrobe inspiration -- mix-and-match outfit inspiration in burgundy and olive!

Host, Audrey, Friday Frivolity Superbowl / Football Memes Edition! (Sort of, Not Really...  ;P) Plus the Friday Frivolity LINKY PARTY - the blog link-up for all things Fun, Funny, Happy, and Hopeful!
Audrey is a wonderfully eclectic blogger, who not only can cook up a storm over on That Recipe, but also writes at Munofore - "MUsings NOt FOod RElated." Munofore touches on humor, parenting, crafting, holiday ideas, tutorials, and more! Audrey's most recent post reviews Classic Games for Family Fun -- awesome recommendations for holiday gifts, or game nights through the year!

Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes at Babi a Fi on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! Her latest post, a review of the Meryl Streep film Florence Foster Jenkins, is filled with comedy and pathos!

Calling all bloggers looking for an upbeat and supportive group of pals to join in hosting the weekly #FridayFrivolity par-tay!  We are hoping to add to our ranks of dedicated hosts and co-hosts, and would love for you to consider joining the fun!  Co-Hosts are welcome on a temporary basis (usually a month), while Hosts make a more ongoing commitment.  :)  Swing by here to express interest and ask any questions! 

Featured Post from Last Week:

In a fun twist, since we have four hosts and co-hosts we will also have FOUR FEATURES.... but you will have to go check out the other three blogs to see if you were featured there!  ;)     

The featured post for Syncopated Mama this week is........

Ridiculous Things I Have Told My Kids...That Aren't Even Remotely True

I was cracking up through this whole post, so it was easy to choose it for my feature.

I'm sure I've told plenty of these types of things to Gv, but I've really used stuff like this in the classroom - heck, our entire faculty kept up the "video cameras everywhere" charade one year when we had a string of break-ins.

(There were fake camera thingies all over to dissuade vandals, but you'd better believe we teachers kept that little trick in our back pockets for whatever else we needed - Elf on the Shelf all year!)

Now, the new stuff! 

This a link-up for all things funny, fun, encouraging, hopeful, and happy.  That includes free printables, giveaways, and other fun stuff to make us SMILE and start the weekend off on the right foot. 

If you're just here to have fun, skip the rules and start clickin'! 

Bloggy buddies, thanks for coming to par-tay! You are welcome to link up to 3 posts, and old posts are always welcome!  To improve traffic to your site, try to link posts we might not have seen in a while... keep it fresh!  :)

There are three rules only: 

We're so happy you're here! Let's have some fun!

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  1. Do you have any idea how much I love that we have the exact same parenting advice? 😊

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my post this week! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Now that I have reached the next stage of motherhood (nana-dom) I am keeping my advice to myself. Nothing given unless asked for - everyone wins that way!

  4. Love this! Motherhood was a revelation, then motherhood with a wonderful son who happens to have Autism is like riding a roller coaster on another planet - but what fun! Thanks for this, hope this weekend treats everyone kindly. Now of to visit and share some more! :)

  5. "What's best for your family. Ignore the rest." Words to live by! Of course, I would probably throw an expletive in there, but still. ;) Thanks so much for hosting!

  6. Oh so true! Everyone becomes an expert.

    1. Thanks for sharing with us at Together on Tuesdays.

  7. I've always said that the worst advice is the advice that is given when it was not asked for. I hate when people make judgement calls and tell you you're doing something wrong. Especially when you don't ask for their input. There is no other reason for them to do this other than they have judged you and deemed you wanting. This has to be especially hard on a new mother! We need to just smother them in love and let them find their way. I mean for goodness sakes mothers have been motherng since the beginning of time!

  8. And, if it starts with "Wellll," or "Actually," it's probably advice that doesn't warrant much credence. Cute post. And, looks like a fun linkup y'all have here. -- Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today. :) ((blessings))

  9. Oh the amount of "advice" I was given. I have learnt only give advice if you were asked for it !!

  10. Thankfully I haven't been given much unsolicited advice and I always hold my tongue when it comes to others! I believe we should instead find something good about other kids and praise them in front of their mommies cuz it's such a great pat on the back!


  11. Great Advice for new moms.. takes me to the time when my children were infants! Thanks for joining the Bloggers Pit Stop
    Pit Stop Crew