Keep an Open Mind
If you make a point of ignoring every piece of unsolicited advice you hear, you may miss out on the one brilliant tidbit that will help your kid give up the blankie or stop being afraid of the toilet. After all, before we had the Internet and the What to Expect books, moms learned how to care for their children by reaping the wisdom passed down through the women in their clan. And you never know when that nosy neighbor will deliver a gem. "When I was in labor and leaving for the hospital, a stranger in the elevator told me to count by threes during contractions," says Sarah, a mother of one, in New York City. "I don't know how I would have gotten through my bumpy cab ride without that!"