last week's Parenting Principles post. I have revised accordingly. I am constrained by a desire to make each principle exactly two words.
1. Be calm.
(This really is a mantra for life -- I would love to be more laid back, but I'm not. I find faking it does help in all sorts of situations though. Knitting totes helps.)
2. No rushing.
(So key for me. If I have the time to wait, they will usually do whatever it is without reminding and without shouting.)
3. Adults first.
(I got this idea from a friend who had a child before I did. I remember that she and her husband had the rule that if two people in the house were crying, you attend to the adult first. The whole putting on your own mask first principle.)
4. Model well.
(I like "monkey see, monkey do," much better, but the two word thing.)
5. Be playful.
(Supposed to also encompass seeing the funny side, smiling & laughing.)
6. No cheating.
(This is consistency for me. It's almost never worth bending a rule, I find. Whenever I'm flexible with Harry's bedtime, I end up rushing him. Not worth it.)
I also like these 4 ideas, but I'm having trouble condensing them down to two word phrases:
7. This too shall pass.
8. Don't sweat the small stuff.
9. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
(Maybe: Leave it. Though I'm not sure that I personally need this one. I probably let too much go rather than the reverse.)
10. The days are long, but the years are short.
( I may indulge in this video later today. Always yields a nice cry.)
Any (further) suggestions gratefully received!