Monday, April 11, 2011

Practical & Meaningful guide to parenting ...

I came across these words of "advice" on a blog that I read from time to time. It seems to fit well with the days, months & years that lay ahead of us! 

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  • Take photos of everything.

  • Write down the things she says and the way she makes you feel.

  • Realize that nothing is too precious and use your grandmother's good china to throw her and her friends a tea party. 

  • Sleep is overrated.

  • They will eat when they are hungry.

  • They will sleep through the night.

  • Sleep training is good for all of you - in whatever form you do it.

  • Constantly offer healthy snacks every couple of hours and they will learn to be life long good eaters.

  • Being a working mom makes you a good role model for them.

  • Send photos to the grandparents regularly.  Hard copies - not just digital via email.

  • Your relationship with your partner needs to come first, and then you both can be there for your child.

  • Give yourself time when you can, to think your own thoughts.

  • You will get used to the Wonderpets/Wiggles/Raffi/Little Einstein music and then despise it once you can.

  • Tell your daughter stories about you and your childhood. They want to know everything.

  • Let your kids use your stuff. Pull down your box of treasures and have fun.

  • Teach them about money.

  • Let them play dress up in your clothes - pretty shirts make great dresses.

  • When they are in pain, you will feel helpless.

  • Give them choices - it is a way to control the options, but empower them to make decisions.

  • Teach them that credibility is built up over a lifetime of doing the right thing.

  • Credibility takes time to build and can be lost with one bad decision.

  • Motivate them through praise and example.

  • Exercise with them.

  • You will get used to changing diapers and then despise it once you no longer have to do it.

  • A good way to get them to sleep is to "fake yawn" when you lie down with them.

  • A good way to wake them up is to bring them breakfast in bed and let the smell wake them up.

  • Monster go away spray (water in a bottle) is a great way to guard off fear of monsters.  

  • Spend as much time as possible with them.

  • Tell them you love them every single day.

  • Teach them to be affectionate and loving and respectful people.

  • No experience is necessary, you will know what to do when you need to do it.

  • When they ask about sex, tell them everything.

  • Give them blank canvases to paint on.

  • Teach them to cook.

  • Do not let them ride in the front seat, until they are old enough.

  • Teach them your cell phone number.

  • Do not let them ride their bike or scooter without a helmet.

  • Let them make a mess in the kitchen.

  • Inform them that if they are ever in a situation where they feel in danger - that the regular rules DO NOT APPLY and that they should make as much noise and cause as much distraction as possible.

  • Choose your battles.

  • When you do say NO, mean it and own it.

  • Make rules for your family and realize that other families will have their own rules. Respect both.

  • Love them.

  • Respect them. 

  • If there is anymore advice out there, we're all ears! 

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