Parenting is hard.
With the arrival of children comes a LOT of new responsibilities, fears and frustrations.
You are almost guaranteed to get less sleep, and your personal time will be cut dramatically.
When I reflect on my least-proud moments over the past five years, many are related to a loss of patience or a moment of great frustration where I didn’t like the way I acted around or reacted to my kids.
I put a lot of pressure on myself to be a perfect parent, and it’s tough sometimes.
So, with all of these issues attached to the stork-drop, why in world do we keep having more children?
Because they are best things in the world and they add a priceless value to our lives.
Kids are awesome!
Parenting is probably both the toughest and most rewarding role that we can fill in the world. To help navigate the waters of father and motherhood, I think we can all use some wise counsel from others who are in (or have been) in our shoes.
And I’m the first in line to the well of parenting advice.
Trust me, I’m thirsty for knowledge on how to both handle and help my five-year-old son, almost three-year-old princess and the little one that’s about six months from joining the family. Fortunately, I have a wise and patient wife to help lead me along the right path most of the time.
I would certainly not consider myself a child-rearing expert. So, you can imagine how shocked, humbled and excited I was when my friend Sherri from Zen Family Habits recently asked me for my own top parenting tips.
When you are done with this post, I suggest you click that link and go read her great article. There is some excellent advice from the other contributors (Samantha from Mama Notes, Tsh from Simple Mom and Vera from Mom Grind) as well as Sherri herself. And there is some valuable insight provided in the comments, too.
I have written previously about How Children Teach Us About God, how Kids Enjoy the Simple Things and even the Questions Engaged Couples Should Ask Each Other About Children. However, I’ve never dared to offer any parenting advice.
I found it fitting that out of the four contributors to the Zen Family Habits article, I was the only guy and (naturally) I used the least words to share my tips.
I’ll use even fewer here to share them in case you don’t make it over to Sherri’s post.
1. Your kids don’t come first.
2. Be consistent.
3. Have fun.
Okay, so it’s time for the real reason I wrote this post. I want your best parenting tips.
I know some of you may not be parents, but I’m betting you were a child once and you may be a cool aunt or uncle now. I think everyone has something to add to this discussion. And I’m really anxious to gain your insight. I need your help! 🙂
Please leave your best tip or three or ten in the comments. Thanks for being an active part of the Engaged Marriage community!
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Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.