Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Maria Whitworth's"Top 10 Things My Children Taught Me"

With permission from Maria, I'd like to share her wonderful list titled"Top 10 Things My Children Taught Me" that will soon be published in Pathways Magazine.  Maria Whitworth's facebook page can be visited here: 

(or - How to ensure a LONG and STRONG relationship
with your kids, by Maria Whitworth, a longtime RE supporter) 

  • #10  Drop your assumptions that you know what's best for them.
  • #9  Facilitate, but don't meddle.
  • #8  Hold off on giving your opinion while you're feeling a negative response.
  • #7  Only use time-outs on yourself.
  • #6  Allow them room to fix their own situations. Of course, you can suggest what you might do for yourself  if it was you in their shoes. But don't fix it for them.
  • #5  Don't get too enamored with or emotionally invested in what YOU see as your child's talents and gifts.
  • #4  LISTEN and learn. Get to know your kids, and marvel when they show you new ways to see things.
  • #3  Wean yourself from any self-imposed schedule addiction.  Experience the guilt-free pleasure of living with flexibility, inspiration and openness.
  • #2  Respect your child's ideas, judgment and inherent wisdom.  You can only do that when you respect your own ideas, judgment and inherent wisdom.
  • #1  The #1 thing I learned from my kids:  In any situation, how would I respond if this was my best (adult) friend?