Updated: Jan 17
Parenting tips are all over the internet. People giving their insights as to what works for them and what they have learned on their parenting journeys. Although the tips may be helpful to some, they may do nothing for others.
With all of that being said, I would like to jump on the parenting tip bandwagon. Here are 10 of my favorite parenting tips, each shortened into one sentence.
A little bit of dirt won't hurt.
Folded or not, your laundry is still clean.
Getting your littles happy meals for dinner every once in a while, is fine.
Making mistakes doesn't make you a bad parent.
Your little ones will remember the memories you make with them, not the hours you worked each week.
Take the mistakes you make as opportunities to improve.
Listen to what your little ones have to say.
Let your home be lived in.
Make your family the highest priority.
Let your children experience life.
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Children are going to get messy. They are going to play in the mud, the toilet and your paint that you tried to hide away. It's going to happen and that's okay. They are exploring the world. Getting dirty is part of that exploration. It won't hurt. Just give them a bath when they're done.
If you washed and dried your laundry and wish not to fold it (which is my least favorite part) then don't. The clothing will still be clean either way.
You're not required to create a home cooked meal from scratch every day. Even the best chefs in the world take a day off every now and then. Stopping at the local drive thru for a happy meal every once in a while, is okay.
We're not robots... we're humans. We are going to make mistakes. Even while doing things, we've done perfectly before. Dust yourself off and try again. You're doing fine.
Sure, your family needs money to live. However, that doesn't mean you should spend your whole life trying to obtain more of it. Your children are going to have fond memories of when you took them to the park or when you watched that movie they had been begging to see. Not how many hours you were able to put into your job that week.
When you make those mistakes, we spoke of earlier, don't be defeated. Use those mistakes as a road map on a path to a better opportunity.
Your children are going to tell you stories about things you care nothing about, in fact, they probably already have. Take the time to listen to them, even if the topic isn't your favorite. Show them that their thoughts and ideas matter.
Having a clean home is nice, being able to show others a pristine home can make you feel good. However, it's not realistic. Allow your children to play and explore. Let your home be lived in. Sure, you'll have some cleaning to do at the end of the day, but you'll also have happy kids.
We have many responsibilities in life. Many priorities we must juggle to survive on this circular rock. Make your family the highest priority. This group of individuals are the ones you share your life with, go through your struggles with and will be the ones who mourn you when you pass on. Give them the time and respect they deserve.
Throughout our lives, we learn the things that can and will go wrong. Because of this, we spend a large portion of time attempting to sheild our children from these things. However, our children will never understand the feeling of loss or failure if we don't allow them to experience them.
Being a parent can be difficult. You never know if you're making the right decisions for yourself or for them. You're always looking for new answers to the same questions and everyone has their own opinion.
Remember that we're all winging it over here. We're all just doing our best.
You're doing your best and that's all you can do.
🧡Shine Bright, Kayla