Whiskey to soothe teething babies? Teaching a kid not to bite by biting them back? Yep. That's your great grandma's generation talking. While some aspects of parenting have changed significantly in recent decades, much of grandma's-and even great grandma's-advice still rings very true.
We reached out to three generations of mothers in the same families to hear their best advice for dealing with common parenting dilemmas. These experienced mamas shared their thoughts on everything from soothing a fussy baby to teaching a toddler not to hit.You might also like:
Great Grandma: Evelyn Basile, mom of two
Grandma: Susan Panfil, mom of four
Mom: Brooke Ober, mom of three
Great Grandma: We would rub whiskey on their gums.
Grandma: A lot of holding and walking and Tylenol, of course.
Mom: I would give them a dose of Tylenol for the pain and chilled teether toys, but cuddling helped soothe them the best.
Great Grandma: Both my kids were colicky for five months. We just suffered through it. Once I took my baby to my mom's house for a night to get some sleep (she had the patience of a saint), but she called after 10 minutes and she had to give her back!
Grandma: I picked them up when they cried and nursed. I often brought them into bed with me.
Mom: After 6 months, I would start putting the baby down awake, which seems to help them learn to fall asleep on their own. I did try sleep training, but hearing them cry for long periods was too heart wrenching.