About six weeks before the kid was born, I was checking out a flock of strollers parked in the gym lobby, when the owners, a group of Tribeca moms, showed up. After figuring out I wasn't trying to steal their rigs, we got into the "oh, when are you expecting?" conversation. When I told them, one woman said, without a second's hesitation, and with an intensity that sticks with me to this day,
Go out every night!
It's advice I pass along, partly as a joke, but also because it's not exactly the kind of thing you'll read in a What To Expect book. And because it turned out to be damn good advice.
So. What one piece of advice did you get before the kid was born that strikes you as valuable, unique, or surprisingly important?
What piece of advice do you wish you'd heard but didn't?
What signs should should be plastered on the scaffolds and telephone poles of Park Slope for dads-to-be to see?
I don't know yet if this is a full-fledged contest, but maybe a poll.