Over the years there have been a few nuggets of wisdom that have pounded their way into my head. Not many, but some. Here are ten I'd like to share:
- Parenting is as much about becoming a better person as it is about raising children.
- Making your child happy today is not the same as providing her with the tools to be happy as an adult.
- If it’s not likely to require a trip to the ER, won’t harm others, doesn’t generate a tabloid headline, and won’t take more than 10 minutes to clean up, say yes.
- A lot depends on how Mom reacts.
- It’s better to teach your child how to recover from mistakes than to hope he never makes any.
- Setting proper expectations – of the day, of entitlements, of life -- saves a ton of time and grief.
- The less you say, the more calmly you’ll say it.
- When a parenting approach isn’t working, doing more of it more intensely won’t help.
- If your life depended on being patient for five more minutes, you could do it.
- Never assume your child knows your values unless you live them out thoroughly.
Julia - I LOVE this. Thank you. KellyReplyDelete
Great list. I am going to post on my fridge.ReplyDelete
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