Best Advice From Moms
By Rhea Seymour
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“Give yourself credit for all the good things you do, and forgive yourself your mistakes. We all do a better job than we think.”
-Elizabeth Pantley, Seattle, Wa. mother of four and author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers (McGraw-Hill, 2005)
"Fight the wars, not the battles!"
My mother Judy told me this because it is important to let your child express her independence and learn to make certain decisions by herself. I let my daughter choose her own outfits. I hate that they don't match or that she insists on skirts and tights everyday, but oh well. When it comes to safety, that is a war worth fighting--fashion... not so much.
-Kelly Goorevich, 33, Toronto, Ont. mother of one
"Enjoy each moment now. Your kids will grow up before you know it."
I never listened to mom’s advice and now wish I had; all three of my sons are at college and the house now feels so empty.
-Michele Borba, author of 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know: Getting Back to Basics and Raising Happy Kids (Jossey- Bass, 2006)
“Don’t torture yourself for making mistakes. Kids are pretty resilient. You usually have more than one chance to do anything.”
-Armin Brott, author of The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year (Abbeyville, 2004)