...what would it be?
My words of wisdom:
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO TIDY UP AFTER THEMSELVES
I don't care what you feed them, or how you feed them.
I don't care what time they go to bed, or whose bed they sleep in.
I don't care if you work inside the home, outside the home, or not at all.
I pass no judgement on your parenting.
If I could offer new parents one piece of advice that will make their lives easier, and more pleasant in the long run, it would be to teach their children to tidy up after themselves.
Nobody told me that I should do this. They had plenty to say about birth, breastfeeding and sleeping, plenty to set me up to feel a failure as a new mother, but nothing that would improve my life.
I have failed at parenting. My house is tip. It is full-to-bursting. We can never find anything. The boys seem unable to play properly. Clothes are taken off and thrown on the floor. If I ask them to tidy, toys are kicked under the sofa. I despair.
So, new parents, save yourselves while there's still time.
Teach them to tidy.
I'M BEGGING YOU.
You'll thank me one day.
Over to you. If you could give new parents once piece of advice, what would it be?