• Paula Presswood

The Best Parenting Advice I've Ever Heard!

We are bombarded with parenting tips, advice and opinions. We read some pointers that sound ideal on paper, yet flop when put into practice. Now that my kids range in age from late teens to mid-twenties, I have compiled my time-tested top three parenting tips, bestowed upon me by others. I adopted these and personally endorse them as having been impactful and accurate.

#1. Give young children loads of unstructured playtime, but schedule the heck out of teens.

Young children are natural "players" and explorers. They benefit from a relaxed pace, time to be imaginative and creative doing things they self-select. The research supports it. Younger children really don’t need hours of lessons and structured activity. They need access to outdoors and self-directed playtime. Their mental health is better, and their intelligence soars when they are given time and freedom to explore their interests at their own pace and engage in play they are naturally drawn to. Play is their work. Ent