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The things we never thought we’d ask
The things we never thought we’d ask.
Parent24 Editor, Scott Dunlop
Parenting can be the great leveller. We start off either utterly terrified or hilariously over-confident. Then, inevitably, reality bites. Babies, toddlers, older kids and teens produce confusion, bewilderment, fear and anxiety in many of us - after all, we’re supposed to be in charge, and yet we don’t have the answers. Many of us have taken to forums to find the answers to the trickiest challenges we’re going through. Parent24 is super-excited about our new forums, and can’t wait to join in the conversations there.

Your questions could be absolutely serious- such as ‘how do I overcome secondary infertility?’ or offbeat and unusual ‘how do I remove broccoli from an ear canal?’. No matter what you need advice on, or what you’re going through, there’s a good chance that if you post on our forum, you’ll come across parents who have also been through similar experiences.

Often, there aren’t absolute answers, but different parents responding differently to issues. One person may choose sleep training; another parent may find another way to get the family sleeping through the night, for example. The forums are an ideal place to discuss the merits of some parenting trends and styles, too.

Unless you are a superhuman, I’m willing to bet that at some point, you’ve looked at something your child is doing and thought to yourself ‘I have absolutely NO idea what to do about this’.

Like the time my oldest son attacked the car with a stick. Or the rash my daughter got once. Or the way my youngest seems to have an aversion to certain foods. It could even be a question one of them asks me directly, such as ‘why do people die?’

Well, instead of feeling isolated and alone, or fearful that these kinds of things only happen to your kids, join in the discussions on our forums. All you have to do is register, and start asking (or replying to) questions.

To celebrate the launch of our new forums, we’re giving away a R500 voucher which you could choose to spend at one of the new categories: Just tell us about the most unusual question you’ve ever had to ask since becoming a parent. The most unusual one will win!

What’s the wackiest, craziest or most unanswerable question you’ve ever had as a parent?

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