Ah, parenting—the position for which you are obligated to work round-the-clock, every day of the year, without pay. You’re expected to be an authority in every subject, to give your children everything they could possibly need, and to raise them to be Nobel Prize winners. What if it doesn’t have to be so difficult? What if you didn’t have to give up all of your interests to care for your children all the time? What if you could create a parenting style that works for your family? We’re all laughing right now because developmental scientist Dorsa Amir recently offered her “anti-advice” for other parents.
We can take solace in her tweets and let go of all the stress we put on ourselves. Thus, why not give it a shot and make parenting the wonderful, rewarding experience it can be? Being a parent may be a lonely journey. It’s challenging to keep up relationships with other adults when parenting obligations take up all of our time. Thankfully, social media and the internet have made it simpler than ever to connect with other parents who are in similar situations. It’s best to ignore the advice of countless books, bloggers, and Facebook users who are always telling you how to parent in favor of what is best for your family. You are the best person to know your children, after all! They will learn a lot without being forced to read books much beyond their comprehension. And if your children are finicky eaters and won’t eat tomatoes, don’t worry. Don’t worry about the little things; everything will be OK. Look at what the professional says:
If you pay attention to insignificant details, parenting can become a nightmare.
1. Not every content must be instructive
2. You don’t have to constantly instruct your children.
3. Some things you don’t need to teach
4. Being bored is a significant experience
5. There should be social strife for them.
6. They ought to feel unfavorable feelings.
7. You’re not required to have fun.
8. You shouldn’t base everything on your kids.
9. Children don’t require as many toys
10. Assign them tasks
11. There are countless variations of what it means to be human.
12. Everything’s OK.
13. We are not building chares…
Parenthood is challenging. Nevertheless, that is also the reason we adore our children so much. Parents, don’t worry about it! You don’t have to be a model parent or parent figure. Your children merely want your love, respect, and support in any capacity. Tell us in the comments if you agree or disagree with this “anti-advice”!
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