Whether you just got married, you're trying to get pregnant, you're expecting or you already have five kids, you've probably been the recipient of some pretty crazy parenting advice.
You might think you've heard it all, between mother-in-laws and strangers on the street telling you all about the best way to breastfeed, but we're pretty confident you haven't heard anything like this.
Here are nine REAL pieces of horrible parenting advice people have been given:
"Read your child a thousand books before letting them read one themselves. If they learn to read before they're in school, they'll just be bored and disruptive when they get there."
"Keep an eye on his size - you don't want him growing too tall. You should water down the milk so he doesn't get too much protein."
"Crying is good for his lungs. If he hasn't cried today you should make him. Try [pinching] his inner thigh really hard."
"Children are a gift and should be spoiled no matter what. You should give them everything they want whenever they ask for it."
"My son [would] grow up feeling neglected if we didn't use a pacifier."
"In order to cure stomach aches you push on their stomach until they puke, and then make them puke until they feel better."
"Someone convinced my sister that newborns can swim, but they forget how as they progress toward toddler years and have to learn all over again."
"'Just spank him.' My son is 2 weeks old."
"You should breastfeed your child until at least age 5."
Yikes, right? Although there's some pretty great parenting advice out there, don't take everything you hear to heart. In the end, you know what's best for your child and how to parent them.
You can find the full responses [here](https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/14yn3m/parentsof_reddit_what_is_the_single_dumbest/), here, here, here and here._