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Well: Parents Know Best



Tara Parker-Pope—or TPP as the cool kids call her—of The New York Times Well blog had a contest, “What Kids Need to Know.” Here’s some of the winning parental advice. Some are freaking hilarious:
I asked readers to share their own examples of great parental advice, either dispensed or received. If you were diagnosed with a terminal illness, what advice would you leave with your kids?
  • No good goes on after midnight.
  • Better to be overdressed than under-dressed.
  • Don’t deny people the pleasure of doing something nice for you.
  • Your parents are actually pretty cool people, no matter how many times you’re embarrassed by them.
  • You know, I don’t think you’re cut out for the military.
  • Don’t put peas in your nose.
  • Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.
  • If you have to pee really badly and the phone is ringing, go pee first.
  • Be good. If you can’t be good, be careful. If you can’t be careful and are in trouble, call me.
  • I don’t think you should marry him.
  • All boys want is to see you naked.
  • No nookie.
  • Always go outside when the sun is out.
“Don’t put peas in your nose.” But they fit so perfectly! The whole post is hysterical, be sure to check it out. And actually, all this parental advice reminds me of a great quote from Dr. Fuhrman. Take a look:
No rules only for children. If the parents are not willing to follow the rules set for the house, they should not be imposed on the children. Don’t argue about what your children should and shouldn’t be eating; discuss this in private. As parents, we must be consistent, but not perfect. Likewise, it is okay for the children to be consistent, but not perfect either. For example, if the parents decide that an unhealthy food or a restaurant meal is acceptable for the children once per week, then that goes for the adults, too. Setting an example supported by both parents is the most important and most effective way for your children to develop a healthy attitude toward food.
Okay, so no nookie, no staying out after midnight, and no peas in the nose—where’s the fun!
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