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: Grace Cooning, mom of four
mom of two
Mom: Lauren Pero, mom of two
Great Grandma: For teething, we had a round rubber ring that we put in the refrigerator. We also used paregoric to rub on their gums to numb them.
Grandma: Keep calm and try to change the environment. Sometimes just picking the baby up and walking, rocking or bouncing will help. A little bit of children's Tylenol is helpful. Lots of love helps!
Mom: My oldest daughter had colic, so there was lots of crying. We used a pacifier for soothing. When she was small we also wore her a lot so the BabyBjörn was our lifesaver!
Great Grandma: Feed the baby late and put some cereal in the milk and the bottle to try to fill their tummies so it would hold them through the night.
Grandma: I think a full tummy at night will help with sleeping. If your child does wake during the night and cannot seem to settle, I would go in and pat and rub their back. If at all possible, don't take your child out of the crib.
Mom: Two words: Sleep training. We used the Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child book by Dr. Weissbluth, and my husband and I still say it was one of the best parenting decisions we've made so far. I can't emphasize enough how great it is to have a child who sleeps from 7-7.