Based on my little girl’s behavior—or, often, simply looking at her—I can tell you exactly what kind of day we’re going to have, what kind of play date she’s having with a friend, and what I need to do as a parent to meet her needs and ensure we have as peaceful, fun, and productive day as we can. When you’re with your child as much as most primary caregivers are, you can’t help but pick up on these things.
There are plenty of people, however, who just don’t get it. These are often people who only see their kids or children in general for part-time. Maybe they work in a daycare, or maybe they’re once-a-month parents; maybe they’re a well-meaning relative or friend. Whoever they are, they often give you advice from a place that’s pretty far away from your child. Maybe they read it somewhere or heard it on the news or used it while babysitting, but you know it certainly doesn’t fit you and your lifestyle.