10 Rules for Raising Children

Thanks, everyone, for your kind notes and thoughts after yesterday’s post. It’s so great to have a community to support us in everything we do. Especially when it feels like everything we do is  . . . not working. But at least we have friends to help us through. And that’s something. So thanks!

I read a list of 10 Rules for Raising a Child by writer Susan Sontag today. And I thought I would come up with a list of my own. I’m no expert, but I’ve learned a few things here and there, so I might as well put them into words. I invite you to do the same. I’d love to learn from your wisdom.

10 Rules for Raising Children

1. Take/make time to enjoy silences.

2. When you feel like screaming, breathe deeply and smile.

3. Go outside. Every day.

4. Be silly on purpose. And if it happens on accident, take it and run.

5. Notice the things your kids are good at. Tell them about it.

6. Don’t be afraid of a little inconvenience. Or a lot. Many wonderful experiences are had by conquering inconvenience.

7. Make schedules. Daily schedules. Weekly schedules. Monthly schedules. (Make sure that “Baking Day” is on the schedule.)

8. Listen to your kids at least a few times each day.

9. Have something you do as a family. Do things as a family, yes, but also have something you do as a family, that’s like your family’s thing. Like running. Or board sports. Or trampolining. Or something.

10. Keep calm and carry on.

What would you add?

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1 Comment

  1. Hey, just catching up on your posts and I saw your mention of “board sports….” here 🙂 Thanks for the mentnion…It is a fun thing for our family to do together. So glad to see you’re doing so well w/ the new baby and keeping up on life..You are pretty amazing! aloha!


    lizzie Reply:

    Aloha to you too! I think it is a fun thing for your family to do together, too.


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