Thursday, September 8, 2011

10 Things - The Parent Edition - Life's Little Instruction Book

Ten little things you already know just to keep in mind this year as your child goes through the school year in all the activities and projects:
  1. Cherish your children for what they are, not what you would like them to be.
  2. Work hard to create in your children a good self-image.  It's the most important thing you can do to insure their success.
  3. Attend you children's athletic contests, science fairs, plays and recitals.
  4. Let your children overhear you saying complimentary things about them to other adults.
  5. Read to your children.
  6. Sing to your children.
  7. Listen to your children. (Also talk TO them not AT them)
  8. Encourage (or better yet, require) your children to have a part time job at the age of 16.
  9. Conduct family fire drills.  Be sure everyone knows what to do in case that house catches fire.
  10. Become your child's hero.

That last one is not as hard as you might think.  You may already be, unless you have teenagers - then you may have to wait a few more years before that one comes back in style..

We really need to work on number nine.  I don't think we've ever had a fire drill have you?


Kimberly said...

That is a great list of things we should all keep in mind! I admit though, I've never had a fire drill at home. Oops. We need to do that.

Daddy's in Charge? said...

I think the last one would happen if you did all of the others.

@katefineske said...

I LOVE: Let your children overhear you saying complimentary things about them to other adults.

That's a great thought to remind us of. Thanks! ;)

Tatter Scoops said...

Oh I should print this one out and read it daily! Thank you, Amy! With how competitive parenting+school can be here I sometimes push my little boy too hard without realizing he's only at K1 for Pete's sake! So thank you for this post.

coffeelovinmom said...

I think fire prevention week is coming up, they will make sure we have a plan then...I can't wait to work it out

coffeelovinmom said...

Except maybe the job part...I'm so not looking forward to the teenage years!

coffeelovinmom said...

That's one I have to be more aware of doing for sure

coffeelovinmom said...

I always have to remind my husband how old our kids's easy to expect more than what they are capable

Miss Donna said...

and just think...nothing on the list costs more than free! The Girl just told me she's ready for a more responsible part-time if caring for other people's kids isn't responsible enough. i'm encouraging her, helping with filling out applications, and giving her the confidence she needs now to succeed in life later. thanks for your loving list.

cubs2win said...

What a great post! These are all things we should remember. I feel like I should print it and put it up all over the house! Thanks so much!