HEALTHY LIVING
10/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

10 Terrible Parenting Tips

Every new parent gets a few copies of Goodnight Moon, gobs of bibs and blankets, and loads of advice: You have to nurse ... breast is best. Don't bother nursing ... formula is a godsend. Don't go to your child when he cries at night ... let him cry it out. Only parents who hate their kids let them cry at night. And on and on.

Some gems have the staying power of the Rolling Stones even though they seem a bit, well, dangerous. And horrifying. And just plain silly. Call me an uptight mommy, but I'm filing these under Worst Parenting Tips Ever:

1. "If your baby bites another child, bite him back to show him how much it hurts." A cousin to this is the oldie-but-crazy wisdom about spanking your kid every time he hits another kid. Somehow teaching a kid not to hit by hitting him fails the common-sense test.

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