1. Silly string really is worth the unjustifiable purchase when you're being lobbied hard in the store.
2. Nothing good can come from leaving the cake batter unattended, even for one minute.
3. Your example will be followed faster than your rules.
4. If you always say yes, it's probably time to say no.
5. If you always lean towards no, say yes.
6. Your intuition is a better guide than everyone else's opinion of how you should do it.
7. There's nothing like dancing in the living room to get everybody in a better mood.
8. Kids never stop needing you at bedtime, and it's never about the extra glass of water.
9. No matter what they say or how they act, your kids really know you care.
10. There's no such thing as too much time playing outside.
11. Regular bathing is way overrated.
12. Regular haircuts, however, do something mysteriously good for self-esteem and sometimes self-control.
13. Playing together is just as important as eating right and going to bed on time.
14. Your kids are on your side, willing to comply, more than you know.
15. Being tough is important, but you have to know how and when.
16. Mistakes will be forgiven.
17. Your presence is more important than any opportunity you could provide.
18. Kids aren't the only ones with too much screen time.
19. How you handle your own relationship troubles will teach your kids how to handle theirs.
20. No one is too old to be snuggled.
21. Listening is the most powerful way to get through to your kids, no matter what's going on.
22. If you buy the big thing of bubble stuff, it will get spilled in the first five minutes.
23. Without a doubt, a big cardboard box is the best gift they'll ever get, no matter what the age.
24. Telling stories about yourself at their same ages is an endless source of delight, especially if you tell the ones where you got it all wrong trying to get it all right.
25. Committing to your own personal growth and well-being reassures kids and creates a safe space for them to tackle their own challenges, without worrying about yours.
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