Gems of Parenting Advice

We recently enjoyed having a panel of special guest speakers come to answer questions and give advice based on the content we had discussed in our Parenting on Purpose class. Each panel guest was from varying ages and backgrounds and shared their wisdom on parenting young children.  Below are a few gems that were shared during the session.

  • Keep the big picture the big picture
  • Don’t punish a child for being a child
  • Be able to laugh
  • Be a student of your child, take time to understand and figure them out
  • All children are different
  • Don’t let children divide you as a husband and wife
  • Don’t just treat your marital relationship like a business arrangements (dividing chores)
  • Establish date nights and alone time early on (husbands take the lead)
  • Stay involved in each others’ lives — try to integrate into each others’ jobs/living
  • Spend an hour together every night after the kids go to bed
  • The preschool and middle-school years are the most challenging
  • Sometimes life isn’t fair and that’s okay, love your kids through those times and don’t shoulder it yourself
  • Be slow to manipulate situations for your kids
  • God has a plan, help your kids through adversity
  • Prepare your child for the path, don’t prepare the path for your child
  • Teach your children grace
  • Love is discipline
  • Never shame or embarrass your children
  • It’s okay to be angry, but always be kind
  • Be consistent, if it is wrong it is always wrong
  • Don’t discipline out of anger, make sure the punishment fits the crime
  • Don’t scar a child’s soul by doing/saying something they will carry for the rest of their lives
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Quick Quote: The Importance of Balance

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“My best advice came to me at a young age from an advisor at the time. He told me that life is a series of peaks and valleys, and that my job, through all the peaks and valleys, is to try to remain level and be the same person throughout. There have been times in my life where things have gone really well, and there have been times where things are not going as well, but I’ve learned to maintain a level balance with the knowledge that things around me are supposed to change constantly, but my focus and outlook should strive to remain steady.”

Angelo Sotira, Co-Founder of DeviantArt

Image and quote via http://lifehacker.com/im-angelo-sotira-co-founder-of-deviantart-and-this-is-1626582164