10 Old-School Parenting Rules That Are Still Relevant Today


Although a lot has changed since our parents were “parenting”, there are numerous nuggets of parenting advice that still ring true with the kids of today.  Microsoft News shares 30 pieces of old-fashioned parenting advice that are as pertinent as ever—here are 10 of our favorites:

Eat together
Can’t make it happen on weeknights? Sunday breakfasts count, too.

Let kids fail
If he forgot about the science fair tomorrow, it’s not your job to run out and buy supplies tonight. Kids need to understand that someday you won’t be there to bail them out.

Send them outside to play
Fresh air never hurt anyone.

Saying, “Because I’m the parent” is okay sometimes
No, you don’t have to explain/ justify/ negotiate every decision you make.

Take away privileges
Naturally, there will be wailing, but that’s the point, isn’t it? Kids need to understand consequences.

Let kids be bored
It’s absolutely our responsibility to feed, clothe, and protect our kids. Provide them with entertainment 24/7? Not so much.

Carve out grown-up time
Get over your guilt-trip; sometimes you need adults-only time to reconnect and recharge.

Establish a regular bedtime
Everybody’s cranky—including you— without enough sleep.

Refuse to be a short order cook
Kids always have two choices for meals: Take it or leave it.

Don’t let kids speak disrespectfully to you (or anyone else)
And don’t speak disrespectfully to them.

Want to see all 30?  Click here to read the full article.

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