We all want to do our best as parents. It can be helpful to follow the guidance of people who’ve parented before but sometimes the parenting advice received (with or without asking) can feel like too much to sift through!
The best parenting tips will vary depending on what stage of motherhood you’re at. For example, how to be a good parent to a toddler will differ from the ways in which to be a good parent to a teenager. Having said that though, there are some general tips that work at all ages.
I asked four moms their opinions:
What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received?
1. Don’t over structure your children’s’ lives (Rose to Life)
They need time to be bored so they can learn how to entertain themselves. They need time to be creative and discover what their true talents and passion are. With packed schedules they never learn these skills.
2. Give them daily chores (Rose to Life)
Chores teach our children how to work and be responsible. It also gives them pride in the work that they have done.
3. Lighten up. Relax. (Optimized Life)
You only have 18 summers with your childrenUnknown
4. Balance is a myth (Pink Fortitude)
…stop trying to be everything to everybody. Instead, focus on your priorities and being present.
5. Don’t rush (Savings Talents)
I have severe Crohn’s disease. It’s difficult for me to not compare what I’m able to do to what I see other parents doing, especially with regards to my energy level. One person reminded me that life is meant to be a marathon, not a sprint. I need to pace myself so that I can keep being there for each day as opposed to burning myself out in one day by trying to “keep up” and then being useless the next few days.