They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Here’s a list of some parenting tips that we plan on stealing and using as our own.
The $3 allowance. The child gets $3: $1 with which they get to do what they please, $1 to save, and $1 for charity.
B.E.D. . Some parent use a countdown when a child is being rowdy, counting down from 3, they better be behaving by the end or else. I like this slight modification, which instead spells out the word bed, and is clear on the consequence of the end of the countdown, bedtime.
The Box. In the book I’m currently reading, parents asked the author what he thought the best toy was for their child. His reply, “A cardboard box, crayons/markers, and 2 hours.”
Food for the weary. A friend gave us this piece of advice. If someone offers to bring over a meal during the first weeks of having the child at home, take it.
Book swap. The conclusion of the Parenting, Inc. book delves a little bit into the craziness of birthday parties and how they usually ended up with more stuff (junk) that the child didn’t need. At one of her parties, instead of gifts, they had a book exchange where the kids would trade books that they were done with and got a different book. You could probably even do a toy swap as well.
Does anyone have any other neat ideas we can use?