QOTW: What was the worst parenting advice YOU ever received?
A blood transfusion in utero, man hallucinates while eating the world’s hottest curry, and the worst parenting advice you’ve ever heard. It’s episode 73 of the Mama Natural Show.
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First up, mom Kelly McPherson received devastating news when she was 17 weeks pregnant.
Her baby boy was dying inside the womb.
The baby was suffering complications from the human parvovirus. The life-threatening virus created a build up of fluid around the baby’s heart and abdomen.
The only possible solution was a blood transfusion in utero.
The risks were high. After all, the procedure involved inserting an 8” needle into the baby’s dime-sized heart.
But it was the only chance they had, so they went for it.
The doctor went in and injected two teaspoons of blood into one of the chambers of the baby’s heart.
And almost instantly, the baby responded.
He went on to develop normally and be carried to full-term.
Kelly and her husband delivered Masen, as a healthy baby.
Kelly calls it a miracle… And I couldn’t agree more.
Next, sometimes life is simply too hot to handle.
Take “The Widower,” for instance.
We’re not talking about some man who has lost his wife.
We’re talking about the world’s hottest curry dish, served at Bindi restaurant in Grantham, England.
The dish contains 20 Naga Infinity chilies.
Which ranks more than 6 million Scoville units.
[Let’s just say it’s literally face melting!]
It’s so hot the chefs preparing it wear goggles and a facemask.
It’s called The Widower because it takes down the toughest men.
That is – except one – Ian Rothwell.
This 55-year-old daredevil scaled Mount Kilimanjaro last year. And he was the first of about 300 people who attempted to finish The Widower and SUCCEEDED.
It took Ian an hour to polish off his plate. That included a 10-minute walk break outside, where he reportedly suffered from hallucinations.
But he made it through, and suffered no side effects – not even the next day.
Kudos to you Ian, you absolute hottie.
It’s time for our community news.
First, a correction.
Last week we reported that mama SummerRay labored with her son Lincoln for 3 hours.
Actually, it was 19 hours. It was her transition that was three.
[A big difference there – especially for the one doing the laboring]
Another fun fact: Six hours into her labor, SummerRay had the wherewithal to watch and comment on a Mama Natural video.
Nice one, SummerRay!
Next, natural mama Jessica and her husband decided they were ready for another child.
The joy their 18-month son Dmitri has brought to their life helped influence their decision.
Little did Jessica know it would be twice the joy as she is having twins! (I’m a little envious
Sure she had to be picked up off the floor at first, but the family feels very blessed.
Natural mama Christina shows us that things can go oh-so-right where least expected.
Her son Austin turned one on December 9th.
His year has been filled with cloth diapers and mother’s milk….but not Christina’s.
Seems Christina had a horrible time trying to breastfeed. Mastits 5 times, clogged ducts over and over again, and latch issues.
Luckily, over 5 mamas came to the rescue with donated breastmilk! Two of whom are very consistent donors.
So consistent that Austin is STILL on donor milk.
Christina is planning to make it to 15 months, but the big goal is 2!
Happy Birthday Austin!
Finally, it seems like everyone gives parenting advice. [Especially non parents!]
Some of that advice can be sound, effective and even appreciated.
Then, there is the other kind.
It’s outdated, superstitious or, even dangerous.
Here are 10 of the WORST parenting tips ever.
#10 – Clean plate club
Don’t let your child leave the table until s/he’s cleans her plate.
Perhaps this is why the U.S. is so obese?
#9 – C-sections are easier than natural birth
Major surgery and recovery are such a walk in the park.
#8 – Standing early causes bow-leggedness
Maybe John Wayne was to blame for this one. To me, if baby wants to practice standing, trust her instincts.
#7 – Let them touch the hot stove
One touch, and the kids will understand… that you… charring burn.
#6 – Tabasco on the thumb
Um, don’t you think this thumb sucking remedy is a bit… harsh?
#5 – Cough syrup for the troubled sleeper
Yeah, that’s the way to solve sleeping issues… drugs.
While you’re at it, give them a shot of whiskey.. oh wait, that’s the next one.
#4 — Whiskey on the gums
What could work better than this time tested remedy for teething pain? How about Mad Dog 20/20?
#3 – Don’t let them nap
If you’re kid has trouble sleeping, let them get exhausted that they’ll go right down at night.
That sounds like some classic advice from a non-parent who’s never seen that sleep begets sleep
#2 — Holding a child spoils them
#1 – When baby bites, bite ‘em back
Somehow teaching a kid not to hit by hitting him fails the common-sense test.
Oh yes, some wonderful pearls of wisdom there.
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