His level of wailing was extreme, and for some reason, my resourceful mother picked up her camera and started taking pictures of his ear. Zach's tears stopped in an instant. He seemed impressed that his injury was something that warranted documentation. He forgot his tears. Wanted her to take more. The pictures she took (and the tears she stopped) were such a huge hit that Mom's Boo Boo Book was created.
Getting a picture in the Boo Boo Book became a big deal with all the grandchildren, and gradually grew to include all injuries, whether they were to children or adults or animals or beloved toys. Mom would even receive photos by email of injuries that happened when she wasn't around. The thing is, even though the kids would still whimper or occasionally cry when they got hurt, within moments they'd be after someone to take their picture.
The Boo Boo Book became my No. 1 favorite parenting trick of all time. If I was going to share a single tip with a new parent, that would be it.
But giving advice is too much fun to stop there. Once I started thinking about it, I came up with a few other parenting tips for new parents that I wish I'd known from the start.
Have a parenting tip to share? A strange trick you tried that worked with your kids? Email it to karinful...@gmail.com.