I’ve been a mother now for over 13 years. If you count the time that I was pregnant with KitKat, my darling teenager, then we could just round up to 14. Fourteen years. Motherhood is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week job. If I’ve done my math correctly, I’ve clocked approximately 122,640 hours of parenting. No wonder I’m tired.
This is a silly picture I found on KitKat’s camera.
During those 122,640 hours, I’ve learned a thing or two about raising well adjusted, independent, happy kids. I’m far from perfect. Most days, I I don’t even know if I could consider myself “good” at this. Let’s just say that it’s easier to have brilliant ideas than to put them all into practice.
- Read together regularly, even when they get “big.”
- Teach your kids how to cook basic meals and treats as soon as they start school. Cooking is great practice for math, science, and reading.
- Learn how to cut kids’ hair (and then start taking them in to the salon once they hit middle school)
- Cut loose and act silly around your kids. They’ll respect you all the more for it (although they will most certainly give you funny looks in the mean time)
- Volunteer in their classrooms whenever possible. Chaperone field trips.
- Talk to other parents with kids your family’s age. You will be shocked (and comforted) to find that other people are dealing with the same issues.
- Bribery is perfectly fine.
- So is time out. There must be consequences.
- There are certain things that are not negotiable–like wearing seat belts or using the big scissors. Be clear on those non-negotiables and don’t make exceptions. In other words, be consistent.
- Tell your kids you love them and have some kind of physical contact everyday.
What have you learned in your years as a parent?
As I was making this “serious” list, I was totally imagining the things that would make it on to my “don’t do this” list. What would YOU add to that one?
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