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.

  1. Children are not pets.
  2. The life they actually live and the life you perceive them to be living is not the same life.
  3. Don't take what your children do too personally.
  4. Don't keep score cards on them—a short memory is useful.
  5. Dirt and mess are a breeding ground for well-being.
  6. Stay out of their rooms after puberty.
  7. Stay out of their friendships and love life unless invited in.
  8. Don't worry that they never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
  9. Learn from them; they have much to teach you.
  10. Love them long; let them go early.
Last Reviewed: 3 August 2015
Your Doctor. Dr Michael Jones, Medical Editor.

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