I was asked my opinion on raising children. 💦🌞🌲🌳🌊🌾 Raise them with love and reverence for nature.
Do not ask your child to be the same as you, because then the world would not progress; it would become dull and lose its shine. Be glad that your child has arrived with fresh idea's and bold new thoughts.🌟Know that no matter how wise and experienced you 👵 are, they 👶will be your greatest teacher. Allow them to think for themselves and trust their own judgement in teeny tiny ways when they are small🙇; decisions getting bigger so that by the time they are entering their teen years they have confidence and you have confidence in their common sense👪. If you were wrong about something, apologize so they know how error and apology 💖work. Even when they appear not to be watching you🙈, know that they are watching you👀. Live your life with character and in a truthful way so they are proud of what they see. 🏆
If you have to do something that will take you away from them- say there is a bonus for working an extra Saturday and it takes you away from them- partner them in and give them part of it because they have sacrificed time with you.
When you are most busy and frazzled tell them; and then before you do another thing declare with a stamp of your foot you want 5 minutes just to enjoy them. And then sit and hug or dance 👯 or kick a ball 🏈 or peel and share an orange 🍊or lie in the grass🌾 and look at the sky 🌌while you hold hands🙏. "Five minutes with you is magic," you can say. "Let's find another 5 minutes after dinner." 🌟❤️
When they are little and being bold congratulate yourself that you are raising an independent thinker, a unique individual, and that they are exploring the world and going after it with gusto. Know that it is a good sign that they feel safe. Do not fill them with fear about strangers and others; instead teach them that if something feels funny or wrong to them they should pay attention and tell you. Teach them they do not have to be polite if a situation feels odd; trust themselves and their feelings.
Be kind, hold doors, warmly greet, treat all with respect. Model the behavior you would want them to have. Be light and happy. Be sad when needed. Explain how you feel and why. Play. Seek joy. Their achievement in school is their responsibility. Do not make it yours. Love big and love always. They have the potential to be your greatest gift to yourself and the world. ❤️🌲❤️
PS Some of these things work with a spouse! 😁🎉