The most boring advice on parenting, which actually works

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The most boring advice on parenting, which actually works

Hey there! Let’s talk about parenting advice. You know, the kind that sticks with you, that makes you go, “Hmm, that’s so obvious, why didn’t I think of that?” Well, I’ve gathered some thoughts on what might just be the best parenting advice out there.

So, what’s the big secret?

It’s simple: lead by example. Yep, in thought, deed, and word, in that order. Kids are like sponges; they soak up everything around them. If you’re genuine and sincere, they’ll pick up on that vibe.

But here’s the kicker – you can’t fake sincerity for a few hours a day and expect it to stick. Nope, it’s a full-time gig. We’ve got to be sincere through and through if we want our kids to follow suit.

Now, let’s not forget, that we have got a limited role in shaping our little humans. It’s important, sure, but there’s a line. Like they say about public speaking: get up, speak up, and sit down before they ask you to. Similarly, in parenting, start early, engage while they’re eager to chat, and then gradually fade into the background as they grow. Think of it like the tide – sometimes they’ll drift away, but they might just come back around.

And here’s a little reality check – we don’t have as much control over our kids as we might think. I’ve seen it first-hand: siblings raised in the same household turn out completely different. It’s a mystery, really. So, let’s not pat ourselves on the back too hard or beat ourselves up too much. We’re all just big kids ourselves, after all.

So, what’s the key takeaway? It’s all about sincerity. Aim for that, and everything else falls into place, like pieces of a puzzle. As Khalil Gibran beautifully puts it in “The Prophet”:

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.”

In the end, let’s not forget to nurture the child within us as we guide our little ones along their journey. After all, parenting is as much about growing ourselves as it is about raising our kids.