Parenting Advice – From My Children
Lately I’ve been reading more than my fair share of parenting books. Just like any parent, I go through phases of feeling somewhat confident about my parenting and happy with my children’s behaviors. And sometimes I wonder how I’ve managed to screw it all up.
After taking in all this advice from professionals – some of which makes me wonder why I didn’t think of that before and some that makes me wonder if they’ve ever met any children – I thought that maybe I should take a few of my challenges right to the source: the kids who are at the heart of the issues.
In the interest of helping struggling parents everywhere, I’m sharing some of their advice on a variety of topics today.
If a mommy and daddy have a picky eater, what should they do?
Is this to get me to eat new foods?
If they like fruit or stuff that is healthy then they should give them more of that and less of the stuff that has like sugar and stuff. And let them have more healthy drinks, too.
Remember when I was having a brownie and you stuck broccoli in it? Well, maybe they could get something sweet that they like and stick one of the things that they don’t like inside it. For example, put green beans in a cake. Well, that would taste yucky.
They should just say, “Can you please eat new foods?” I really want another piece of bread.
If a little kid won’t stay in her own bed at night, what should her mommy and daddy do?
They should keep her out with a gate. Take her back to bed. Or take her to the toilet.
If she cries, calm her down by rocking her. And then put her in bed. Say, “Please can you go back in your bedroom?”
And if they won’t just throw them back and lock the door. And then they’ll kick the door open. And Mama would say, “Can you fix the door?” And I’d say no.
They should put a playpen in their room for the kid to sleep in so they don’t get in their bed. But at least they’re in a place where they won’t get into the mama and dad’s bed. Or you could put their bed in your room and then put one of those gates around it. Like in the yard.
And some general advice for parents, from Sawyer:
You shouldn’t be bad. If you be bad you’ll get punished. You’ll cry like a stink-baby. And don’t be named Lorelei, cause then you’ll be crazy.
*In the interest of full disclosure, I have never made my children kick any doors down, but I have put broccoli into brownies. And I’m not sure anyone should heed this advice. But what do I know?