Just one piece of advice

For years, I’ve read books and listened to podcasts about business, personal development, and personal finance.  I still enjoy those topics very much.  What I haven’t done is read or listened to much about parenting and raising kids to be strong and effective adults.

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I’m starting to have some of those brief moments of terror and exhilaration about how much there is to do to prepare for our little man and then how much there is to do to raise him.

Many of you are parents and most of you probably have parents of your own.  What one piece of advice would you say is the most important for us to remember over the next couple of decades?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bethany.smith.39794895 Bethany Smith

    Saw this quote on facebook once. “The way we talk to our children, becomes their inner voice” Love that quote. :)

  • http://rise365.com/ Michael Good


    I’ve noticed that I too was focusing a lot of my attention on learning business and areas of personal growth, not on how to be the best parent.

    I’ve changed that and am now reading/learning more in this area too.

    A book that I really enjoyed was “Have a New Kid by Friday” by Dr. Kevin Leman. It changed a lot of how I parent.

  • Marty Lauterbach

    My experience is that rearing your children the way the Bible says is very different than what the worlds best physiologists tell us, but God’s way works the absolute best. No substitute for God’s Word! I’ll cheat here and say be authentic and admit to your kids when you are wrong and when you fail. It goes a long way.

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    I like that one. I’m pretty sure it’s true.

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    Thanks Michael. I’ll take a look at that book. I like how you and Claudia take care of Jude. It’s always fun to get a peek into other’s realities.

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    Authenticity is very important to me. Admitting your errors is the best way to move forward. Thanks Marty!

  • http://RaisingWomen.com/ James Dibben

    My best advice is to stay calm!

    I have one right now that has a hard time staying calm. As she gets louder I get louder. The louder I get the less control I have of the situation.

    It has taken me a couple of years to be able to talk nice and slowly and calm while my kid is losing all control.

    My dad yelled a lot, I don’t want to yell.

    This sounds A LOT easier than it sounds. I have never been someone who loses their temper. Teenagers have a way of making you lose your mind.

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    I’m usually pretty calm. I’m a little afraid that could change under the stress of having new family members. At least there’s a little bit of time before he’s a teenager. :)

  • http://RaisingWomen.com/ James Dibben

    And he’s a boy! Lol

  • http://www.backyardlifeblog.com Raun Lauterbach

    It reminds me of the old Bill Cosby bit — “Brain Damage”


  • http://RaisingWomen.com/ James Dibben

    Ha! I haven’t seen that one in a long time! Thanks for the laugh!