Parenting Advice: Love Your Children

A new mom on my moms’ board asked the members for a list of their favorite parenting books. Suggestions flew in while I sat at my keyboard and wondered if Erma Bombeck and Bill Cosby—the parenting “experts” of my youth—counted.


I thought it would be fun to share parenting advice that I’ve learned in my seven years, four months as a mother.

1. When a child says he or she is feeling sick, you will not have time to rush them to a toilet or even grab a bucket. Hold on tight, mom and dad, the vomiting is happening now.

2. Children have an amazing capability to tune you out unless you’re talking about their aunt’s ex boyfriend, in which case they will not only hear you from four rooms away, but they will memorize every word.

3. You should never cease to wonder at the miracle of children. Think about it. In the last four years, I’ve learned a bit and my hips have gotten a wee bigger. My daughter, on the other hand, has grown 31 inches, learned an entire language, learned to walk, to run, to hop, and to tell a knock knock joke. That’s just amazing. So what if she hasn’t learned to be quiet at a wedding.

4. If you forget to pick them up from school one time, they will remind you for the next 360 days that you need to pick them up.

5. If you love them, truly love them, there’s nothing you can do that will harm them. You don’t need books or experts, you just need love.

What is your best parenting advice?