Erin Napier, who has a daughter Helen with her husband Ben, often shares parenting tidbits on Instagram.
Her latest revelation came after a family vacation, and fans are loving her words of advice.
Home Town star Erin Napier isn’t new to sharing life lessons and special moments on Instagram. Her latest reveal has fans flooding her comments section, applauding her advice, and sharing bits of their own.
On Sunday, March 21, Erin posted a photo of her daughter Helen riding a tricycle into the sunset.
“After a long and honestly difficult trip to Florida (time changes with a tired toddler! spring break crowds!) I began to realize the most important toddler parenting I can do is so simple but not actually intuitive and I feel like I should share it in case it’s useful for someone else,” she began the caption. “I’ve always defaulted to quickly stopping her when she’s doing something wrong, saying ‘no ma’am, that’s not nice!’ ... and that was it. I left her hanging without giving her feedback on WHY or how to FIX IT. She gets jealous of her baby cousin who was crawling across her floor palette ‘messing up my blankets!!!’ — it’s not enough to tell her to stop being mean, I told her ‘Helen, she might want to snuggle with you! Don’t be mean to Lottie, give her a hug and see if she wants to share it with you!’ ... and she smiled and reached out for a hug and said ‘come here little baby girl!’ Breakthrough. Every correction must come with a lesson. Imagine if your boss told you ‘No! I don’t like how you’re doing this!’ without any other feedback. I think we take for granted that social cues came naturally and we just knew what to say and do, but we didn’t. Thanks, mama, for teaching me before I could remember it!”
Naturally, Erin's followers instantly took to her eye-opening words.
“Great advice! I am a grandma now and I agree with you 100%,” one Instagram user wrote. “I’d also like to add that I wish I had done more positives and to say ‘thank you for doing that - what a great example!; Also I love watching Helen grow!”
“Parenting teaches us as much as it teaches them. Learning to grow with them is the greatest part of this special journey,” someone else chimed in.
“Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing something so simple, yet so many parents don’t offer an explanation when their children do something wrong. Great insight!” one Instagram user added.
And the positive feedback just came trickling in. Here’s hoping Erin keeps sharing her parenting realizations and wins with the world so that moms and dads, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and friends can learn a thing or two about positively interacting with the kids in their lives.
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