I spend a lot of my day talking to moms and dads about the challenges of bringing up children. All parents, newbies and veterans alike, need advice now and then. As a mother of three, I am no exception. In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to pass along some of the best words of parenting wisdom my own mom has shared with me over the years, in no particular order.
In a famous stand-up routine, comic Roseanne Barr shared her favorite recipe for trail mix: a bag of M&Ms, a bag of Kraft caramels and a bag of peanut M&Ms. “The kids love it ’cause it tastes great, and the moms love it ’cause they know it’s trail mix!” Ah, we all have our trail mix moments. Unfortunately, our bodies know better. We can’t really get away with anything.
Some parents look to TV programs, apps and flashcards to jump-start their child’s language or give him a leg up in preschool. Others have a more laid back approach, reasoning that babies are too young for books and language will unfold on its own. Books, however, are special. I urge everyone to turn off the TV and iPad, put down the flashcards and go old school on this one.
Topics: Kids and Parenting