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Old 09-15-2008, 12:47 PM
 
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I am going to my umpteenth baby shower this weekend and I always look forward to hearing the discussions about child rearing coming from mothers with older children.

What is the best child rearing advice anyone ever gave and who gave it?

My best advice was from my father!! He said " No need to try and be your child's friend....he will have plenty of those, but he will only have one mother".
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Old 09-15-2008, 01:52 PM
 
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Little kids, little problems - big kids, big problems. If you let it go now - you'll have a harder time later. My grandmother was a loving, wonderful woman who told it like it was and did not tolerate disrespect. She loved us even when we were little monsters - but had no problem telling us all about ourselves!! When I was pregnant with my first that was her advice to me.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:19 PM
 
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Don't sweat the small stuff. Pick your battles carefully and stick to your guns. Be consistent. Be a parent not a pal, friend or buddy.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:26 PM
 
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Work together - kids will ask try to ask mom if dad says no. Make sure you support the deicisions of the other parent and disagree outside earshot of the kids.
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:45 PM
 
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A lot of stuff the others have mentioned.

Not to give into "phases". Once one ends, another one is right behind it
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Old 09-15-2008, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Plano, Texas
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Don't sweat the small stuff. Pick your battles carefully and stick to your guns.
Along these lines~
Is it a moral issue? Is it a safety issue? No? then don't make too big of an issue out of it.
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Be a parent but don't spend so much time being right that you can't enjoy your kids.
Laugh!
My best memories growing up was the fun times we had as a family. When we all would laugh so hard our sides would hurt.
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Same thing my dog trainer told me...consistency and lead by example!
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Old 09-15-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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Love your spouse and put your marriage first.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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This is not necessarily good advice, but an old logger told me the last time you wrestle with your teenage boys, you should hurt them really good. They then wouldn't challenge you when they are old enough to beat you. I sometimes wonder if I should have followed his advice.
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