You may have read my articles on The Stupidest Thing People Say to Pregnant Women or The Stupidest Unsolicited Parenting Advice – BUT many of us have received amazing parenting advice that has made us stop and go – “Wow… yes, you’re right… that is SO smart!!” I asked my readers what was the BEST parenting advice that they received. Here are some of my favorite responses:
Listen to all the ‘great’ advice you receive from well meaning family and friends, smile and thank them politely, perhaps even adding ‘that’s a good idea, I might try that.” And then trust your instincts because you know your child best.
They’ll eat when they’re hungry. Don’t try to force them.
Don’t ever say “I can’t wait until we’re done with…”(fill in the blank). Enjoy & relish each phase…not wish for it to be over. They go too fast.
Pick and choose your battles. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Let your kid be a kid
Set a nighttime routine and bedtime schedule.
Make time for yourself!
Relax and let them grown into themselves. They are their own people, not extensions of you.
Pick your battles!
At the end of the day…. They go to sleep
Love them with all you have but be their parent not their friend.
Always be consistent
Embrace each moment…take it all in…don’t worry about the laundry or cleaning the house…truly just spend time with your little ones, because they grow up way too fast
Kids are not like Pavlov’s dogs… they have a will of their own and will make their own choices whether you reward them or not.
“Teach by teaching, not by correcting”- Maria Montessori
Each child is different… They develop in their own time
Apologize to your child, no matter what age, when you screw up so that they learn to take responsibility for their mistakes.
Everything is a phase so don’t get too used to anything.
No matter what, I’ll always love them and never give up on them. It’s good for them to know they have a stable foundation they can go home to! I may not like their choices or agree with them but I will always love them!
Support, love and guidance for children is like an ice cream cone. When children are little there should be boundaries to help guide children and as they get older we widen the boundaries. Some people get it wrong and start with the cone upside down, giving their children too much freedom so as their children get older they try and reign them in and it doesn’t work. Providing children with reasonable boundaries helps them learn in a loving environment.
Being a mom is easy, being a parent is difficult. Sometimes saying “no” is the best thing you can do for your child even though “everyone else” has it/does it/watches it/goes there.
Always give the people you love a kiss goodnight. No one is too old to feel loved.
Smile at you kids everyday first thing in the morning. They feel the love.
Step away from the laundry and play!
Always consider why you are about to say no… and say yes instead if no has just become a habit.
There were SO many great advice posts on my wall, I had a really hard time narrowing it down!!! What was the best parenting advice that you received??
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