Best Parenting Advice of 2015
Parenting is the hardest job in the world. It is a relentless 24/7 gig that tries the patience and will of anyone. I do not have all of the answers by any means, but I have learned a lot about guiding kids between my years of classes and work and the past 5 years raising our feisty twins. My goal with any parenting post I share is to hopefully make at least one person's parenting job just a little bit easier. The posts below are the ones that were shared, pinned, and commented on the most and therefore, hopefully, means they were the most helpful. In case you missed them, I have gathered them all in one place.
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"Some are likely going to be horrified to learn that we first put our twins in the water at two months old. It was brief and we held them close and cuddled them in cozy towels afterwards, but we started young...
Fast forward 3 years and we have two little ones who eagerly change into their swimsuits. They are confident around water and yet respect safety rules as well as preschoolers possibly can. They splash and put their faces in the water. How did we get there?..."
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"When you look at your playroom or classroom, what do you see? Do toys cover the floor? Are there broken or missing pieces? Are the children sitting and playing with toys or are they running around in circles? Worse yet, do they claim to be bored amongst a pile of toys? If they are happily playing and engaged, congrats! Go sip a cup of tea. If not, the problem is likely too many toys..."
"Pack things that meet the current interests of your child. My kids love imaginary play. Finger puppets and duplos fit well with their play preferences. If your child likes to draw or do fine motor activities - pack lots of those. If they like to sing and dance, pack instruments and make a movement songs playlist. This might seem obvious, but I feel like often quiet time, still activities are what come to mind for car trips and if your child doesn't like them when you are at home they probably aren't going to enjoy them much more when they are being forced to sit in the car..."
"How do children learn to play happily and independently for hours on their own? Are some children just born knowing or do some parents get gifted a magic play wand around the age of 3? The answers to the second questions are mostly no and no. Some children do have difficulty learning to play on their own, but for the most part play is something you practice like anything else. Children that practice playing with a range of materials from an early age and more likely to develop strong play skills when they are preschoolers..."
"There is something for everyone; new parents, old parents, frustrated parents, need to laugh parents. The one thing these books have in common is that they are positive. They view children as wonderful people who need a little guidance and patience. These books have taught me things, inspired me, and carried me through. I hope they delight you or someone on your list because after I finished packing our library books, listened to the first child, found the second child, coached them through cleaning up the milk, and got everyone out the door it was 8am. A whole day of parenting had only just begun..."
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