Each month, In The Know by Yahoo gives everyday parents their time to shine in our exclusive Parenting Spotlight.
This month, we’re featuring boy mom, Lindsey Diaz!
In addition to being the parent of 2-year-old Pablo and 7-month-old Ray, Lindsey is a Production Manager living in Bellerose, New York!
What’s the parenting tip that everyone loves but that you think is overrated?
I have a very picky eater — and I really mean picky. There’s like five things he’ll eat total. Everyone always says, “Just keep offering him what you’re eating, and if he doesn’t eat it, just let him go to bed hungry.” No way that’s happening! So Hawaiian rolls or French fries for dinner it is.
What’s your best parenting advice?
Don’t stress yourself out about breastfeeding. As long as your baby is healthy and being fed, that’s all that matters! I was never a great milk producer with either of my kids. With my first, there were so many tears and so much frustration. I tried everything, and nothing helped. I promised myself that I wouldn’t let it ruin my experience the next time. This time around, I’m producing the same [amount] as last time, but I haven’t stressed about it once — it is what it is. My kid has rolls, so I’m happy.
What would be the title of your memoir?
Hip Hop and High Chairs: Surviving a Pandemic While Stuck at Home with Your Child 24/7
What’s the weirdest thing you plan on saving from your kids’ baby years or childhood?
I have a lock of hair from my 2-year-old’s first haircut and I plan on doing the same with my 3-month-old.
Which apps could you not live without?
I love The Wonder Weeks for baby stuff. It’s so helpful, especially during the first year. For myself — obvi, Amazon.
What’s one parenting product you wish you’d bought years ago?
A tablet. Once the pandemic started and I had to work from home with a 1-year-old for a year and a half, any ideas of minimal screen time went out the window. My only regret was that I didn’t do it sooner.
What’s one life hack you wish you’d learned years ago?
Headphones for said tablet. No more “Wheels on the Bus” and “Johnny Johnny Yes Papa” on repeat
Who are some of your favorite celebrity/influencer parents?
@notskinnybutnotfat. She mostly talks about celebs and pop culture, and she has an adorable 1-year-old she features in her stories. I find her hilarious and relatable!
Are there any parenting terms you wish you could retire? (e.g., “momtrepreneur”)
I find that the term “Mommy’s boy” set me up with unrealistic expectations. My 2-year-old is obsessed with his dad. I know he loves me, but I know who the favorite is (for now).
What is one “parenting win” you’re super proud of?
I’m not the best with playtime, but I married a kid at heart, and he truly enjoys playing. It’s beautiful to watch, and it gives me time to take care of things around the house.
If your kids were emojis, what would they be?
My 2-and-a-half-year-old is chaotic, like a tornado, and my 3-month-old just lays around all day like a precious potato, so he’s my little sweet potato.
(Editor’s Note: Responses have been edited for length and clarity.)
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