Heidi Stevens writes a regular column for the Chicago Tribune and recently shared parenting tips contributed by her readers. I have briefly summarized these tips:
- Make a conscious decision to live in the moment–to not wish your child was taking one nap instead of two, not wish she could feed herself, not wish she didn’t need a ride, not get anxious for the next age.
- Someone once told me to always be happy to see them. I hope my children will forever feel welcome and at home where I am.
- Coach or help coach your kid’s team.
- Traditions help keep life in balance and give us something constant and consistent to anticipate, even if it is simply family pizza night.
- Listen to your kids and not just for your voice coming out of them but for their own voices.
- When you wake up, remember to start each day happy.
- Help them see their gifts and then guide them to activities where they can use them.
- Keep spending time and talking with them especially through the preteen and teen years.
I enjoy reading Heidi’s weekly column and she also has written a book Balancing Act that includes more than 50 essays on juggling life, love and work in a not always obliging world.