Sometimes, Twitter is more than just an addiction for my ADD mind… sometimes, it brings in really cool blogs to follow, like Parenting4HappyKids.com. Anneli Asplund has taken it upon herself to post her list, 10 ideas at a time, for how to have happy kids.
Her first ten are here: Parenting tips for happy kids #1
Second ten: Parenting tips for happy kids #2
I have to work on being more patient with my child, more present. Listening more and not jumping to the conclusion that I know everything about what he’s saying. I get caught up sometimes in that arbitrary, “I’m the grownup, I know better!” mindset, which is so different from the simple, “Because I said so.” The former is an arrogance that dismisses my child’s opinions, while the latter is simply a finite declaration that negotiations are closed.
Asplund’s ideas are so simple–you might not agree with all of them, but if you read through the lists, I’m sure you’ll find ideas you’ve forgotten about or that have never occurred to you.