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The Worst (and Weirdest) Parenting Advice From Past Decades

Redbook Logo By Charlotte Hilton Andersen of Redbook | Slide 1 of 13: <p>Moms, especially new ones, are put in a terrible position: They're expected to automatically know everything there is to know about <a href="http://www.redbookmag.com/life/mom-kids/g3956/how-to-be-a-good-parent/">how to be a perfect parent</a> (you are a woman, aren't you?) while simultaneously being forced to accept advice from everyone from their doctor to the mailman. It can feel overwhelming, leaving mothers to wonder who to believe. And nowhere is that more true than when it comes to "tried and true" advice passed down through the generations. While it's hard to say what the best advice is, it's not too hard to recognize bad advice.</p>

The Worst (and Weirdest) Parenting Advice From Past Decades

Moms, especially new ones, are put in a terrible position: They're expected to automatically know everything there is to know about how to be a perfect parent (you are a woman, aren't you?) while simultaneously being forced to accept advice from everyone from their doctor to the mailman. It can feel overwhelming, leaving mothers to wonder who to believe. And nowhere is that more true than when it comes to "tried and true" advice passed down through the generations. While it's hard to say what the best advice is, it's not too hard to recognize bad advice.

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