12 Moms Share the Best Parenting Advice -- From Their Own Moms!

12 Moms Share the Best Parenting Advice -- From Their Own Moms!

Parenting is not easy, but luckily we learn helpful tips from the people who raised us.

By: Lorraine Allen

When we become parents, we realize suddenly how much we have learned about mothering from the people who raised us, and we rely on this knowledge when raising our own kids. I am so thankful for all that I learned about parenting from my mom and grandmother who raised me; I think about their wisdom all the time, as a mother. Recently, I asked 12 moms to share the best parenting advice they got from their own moms, and here’s what they said:

1. “That everything will be OK, no matter how bad things seem sometimes.” -- Francine, New York

2. “To remember to laugh. Parenting isn’t just a hard job. It should be fun too.” -- Logan, New York

3. “When a baby cries, they’re mostly just tired or hungry. It’s not that complicated. Feed them, and give them a nap, and they will feel comforted.” -- Joan, California

4. “You don’t need electronics to parent. Our parents didn’t have them. Neither did any parents before them.” -- Lisa, Connecticut

5. “Reading with your kids is one of the most important things you can do. It opens whole new worlds, it builds understanding and it entertains. And it’s a great way to bond and share the world with your kids.” -- Lorraine, New York

6. “Share what YOU do with your kids, like running, or running errands, or cooking, or gardening. They learn all their life skills from you, their parents.” -- Heidi, New Jersey

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7. “Listen to your kids. They have a hard time communicating, often, but listen to them, they’ll listen better to you (or anyone!).” -- Rachel, Rhode Island

8. “My parents had a rule: As long as we lived in their home, each kid had to participate in one sport and learn an instrument. We did not always like this rule, but we are all so glad now for the skills we learned through these activities. Now we have this same rule in our family.” -- Violetta, New York


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9. “My mom’s golden rule for parenting is to be patient. It’s hard, many days, to follow this advice, but really, it’s what parenting is all about.” -- Megan, California

10. “Get outside with your kids every single day. Rain, shine, sleet. Kids need to be outdoors, as much as possible. And it’s always great for adults to enjoy fresh air and get a breather, too!” -- Caroline, Vermont

11. “Give your kids space. They need time alone. And they need a place to BE alone, at home, too.” -- Sarah, Washington, D.C.

12. “A great education is the greatest gift you can give your children (after love and care, of course).” -- Emily, Florida

What’s the best advice on parenting you learned from your mom?

Lorraine Allen is a writer, and mom and personal chef to one spunky 6-year-old girl with severe food allergies. You can enjoy their delicious recipes and follow their amusing family cooking adventures at Feeding Lina.

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My dad gave me this advice...Don't be a friend to your kids. They will have many friends in their lifetime but only 2 parents. If you want to be a friend to your kids then you better start saving money for bail instead of college.

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