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Parents' Best Advice of 2012

In the last year we've published over 1,000 pages of parenthood advice and household how-to's, based on the wisdom of scores of experts. We turned to the editors who bring you Parents each month to reveal their picks for the most helpful tips.

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-In the last year, we've published over 1,000 pages of parenthood advice and household how-tos based on the wisdom of scores of experts. We turn to the editors who bring you Parents each month to reveal their picks for the most helpful tips. -I love the recommendation to say, "Would you like a do-over?" to let your child know her behavior is unacceptable without embarrassing or scolding her. -I'm grateful for the reminder that no one is ever too old for a picture book. I have a 2nd grader and now we read picture books every night. I feel more confident that it's the right thing to do because of this advice. -So my favorite piece of advice was this: "When your child asks you to play a pretend game like with dolls, don't say 'No' or ask what she wants you to do. Instead, say 'Yes, and' -- this forces you to use your imagination and to be an active participant and above all, it gets you out of the rut of saying that you're too busy." -Our days are often packed to the brim, and it feels hard to squeeze in quality family time. But what blew my mind this year was the statistic that there are 940 Saturdays from when a child is born until we sent him to college. That number is so much more powerful than the phrase we all hear over and over again about how quickly they grow up. -Think before you RSVP. Now that was a smart tip. As a mom, I'm guilty of saying yes to too many things. I turned down a couple of invites right after reading this article, and I swear I instantly felt relief. -My favorite tip for domestic bliss was to do more heavy lifting during the week. Since weekdays have their own hectic pace, why not add another chore such as laundry or grocery shopping to an already overpacked Tuesday rather than sullying a precious weekend. -With cooking tips like how to chop an onion, I'm able to learn kitchen basics. So simple and so everyday yet so groundbreaking. -The advice that changed the way I live was everyone who is eligible should get vaccinated against the flu. I've never gotten a flu vaccine before but I realized that it's not just me who I could potentially be hurting if I got sick. -In a kid's health story, I learned the right way to pull a tick off my daughter as well as the signs of Lyme disease. -Being pregnant, so much of the information I'm thirsty for right now is how to do this and that. All those first time mom things I feel so clueless about. The giving workout which is about getting kids involved in charitable causes made me stop because it hits on the core values I want to instill in my child in the long term ... after I figured out how to bathe him.