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The 30 Best Things You Can Do For Your Kids

2012 April 17

I love a list. And Redbook has a good one in this month’s issue: “The 30 Best Things You Can Do For Your Kids” featuring pearls of parenting wisdom from notable names including Barbara Walters, Michelle Obama, Bobbi Brown and more.

Here they are in a nutshell. Pick up the new issue to read in more detail.

I have marked the ones I already do with an asterisk – a whopping 19! How about you??

1. Do not be a couch potato.

2. Be accepting of everyone.*

3. Get everyone together for dinner.*

4. Skip makeup sometimes.*

5. Take them to work.

6. Be their watchdog.*

7. Have great manners.*

8. Give life a soundtrack.*

9. Say no.*

10. Be consistent.*

11. Take great care of yourself, so your kids don’t have to.

12. Give them the money job in the kitchen. (i.e. not just peeling potatoes)

13. Teach through storytelling.

14. Don’t judge them.*

15. Get them involved in community service.

16. Watch with them (referring to TV, etc).

17. Introduce them to the world of money.*

18. Let them lose.*

19. Make them laugh.*

20. Break the dress code.*

21. Tell them about the first time you got your heart broken.

22. When you’re home, unplug.

23. Learn from them.*

24. Be modest.*

25. Please, don’t smoke. And if it’s too late for that, quit.*

26. Talk to them about sex.

27. Read together so they will learn to love books.*

28. Have some faith.

29. Celebrate their inner beauty.*

30. Encourage them to take risks.*



4 Responses leave one →
  1. Gemma permalink
    April 17, 2012

    Loved this article. I’ve got a lot of work to do here…batting 10 here.

  2. Maria permalink
    April 18, 2012

    Omg i think may have zero

  3. April 19, 2012

    Great list! I found myself checking off all the ones that are on my own personal parent list as well! I think I skip the makeup a little too much…when he sees me put it on, he asks what it is and then why I put it on. LOL! I don’t really know what to say because…WHY do we put it on? 🙂

  4. April 29, 2012

    I love this list, its such a good guide to help us along isn’t it. thank you for sharing.

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