Advice from Kids About Parenting
Parent and author J.S. Salt met with more than one thousand kids (ages 6-12). He asked them to write: "If I could tell my parents how to raise me, I'd tell them..."The result is Always Kiss Me Goodnight: Instructions on Raising the Perfect Parent by 147 Kids Who Know, written by the "experts" in their own words. Take a look!
- "Think when you were a kid and not yell so much." Joe. See what experts think about yelling.
- "Be proud of me, even if I didn't get all the answers correct." Sachi. Here's how to deal with that less-than-perfect report card.
- "Tell me a story about when you were a child." Stephanie. Give the kids a family history lesson.
- "Let me have a sleepover." Jessica. During the sleepover, try some of these activities.
- "Say, 'It would help if you do it this way,' instead of, 'You're doing it wrong.'" Linden. See why positive reinforcement works.
- "Don't spoil me and then later yell at me for being spoiled." Ariel. See how rewards can hurt more than help.
- "Attend all of my special occasions." Greg. Getting involved is important!
- "Tuck me in and read to me." Shawn. Looking for something to read? Try the Parent and Kid Book Club.
- "If you get mad, remember to forgive me." Suzanne. Forgiving is the best way to move on.
- "Never forget to kiss me goodnight". Lauren. Here are other ways to show your kids you love them.