It's a thankless labor of love with absurdly high risk, extreme emotional and financial costs and no real rate of return. It's a paradox of feelings. It's a personal sacrifice. It's a great big delusion.
A lot of people out there have questions. There are hundreds of thousands of books offering advice about parenting. Some parents who should ask, don't.
"Should we even have kids?"
"They're going to cost how much?!"
"What can I do about my kid's behavior?" .
"How can I help my son/daughter get better grades/make better choices?" "Why doesn't my teen give a crap?"
"Did they lose their *&^%$ minds?!"
"When did I get so old?"
I'm going to share with you the single most important thing you need to do, to be the absolute best parent in the world.
Spend more time with your kids.
That's it - That's all you need to do.
FOCUS on them. Make sure you're present and the time you spend is all about your kid and you. Spend time playing, listening to and talking with your kids. Skip your workout. Eat at your desk so you can leave a little early. Spending a solid hour a day will help strengthen your relationships and give your children a more solid sense of self, stronger self esteem, a greater desire to succeed and better relationship skills.
It will also make you younger! (OK, honestly, you'll live longer, be more hip and have more fun, but you're gonna look a lot older...)
I was going to explore reasons why it might be hard for parents to give more time, ways people might find more time to spend with their kids; Maybe give some reasons why anyone should take my advice and some other stuff, but if you're reading this, you're probably a parent too or, at the very least, you're thinking of another parent who might benefit from a little more kid-therapy, so you already know this stuff - or you can just pass it on or hit the highlights - but all that other stuff is just going to take up more of the time you could be spending with your kid.
Go play already...! = >