Simple rules for child-rearing
Bringing up children is one of the hardest and most important jobs any of us takes on. The American author Robert Fulghum suggests the following 10 useful rules.
- Children are not pets.
- The life they actually live and the life you perceive them to be living is not the same life.
- Don't take what your children do too personally.
- Don't keep score cards on them—a short memory is useful.
- Dirt and mess are a breeding ground for well-being.
- Stay out of their rooms after puberty.
- Stay out of their friendships and love life unless invited in.
- Don't worry that they never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
- Learn from them; they have much to teach you.
- Love them long; let them go early.
Last Reviewed: 13 February 2009