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Rediscovering the Joys of Parenting & Week in Review

Dear Debi,
How can I rediscover the joys of parenting?
Debi's Tips
Debi Gutierrez
Debi Gutierrez
  • Share the work and the fun
  • Let some things go
  • Allow kids responsibility
  • Get input
  • Remember, today is one day in a lifetime
  • Give everyone a break
  • Let your family know you're human
Donít forget about the great things that we learned this week:
Expert Advice
Dr. Charles Sophy
Dr. Charles Sophy
Child psychiatrist
Share the work and the fun. Divide household chores and childcare responsibilities with your spouse/partner, and get the kids to pitch in too.

Let some things go. Family life doesn't follow a strict schedule, and chances are your kids won't care about the three dirty forks in the sink.

Allow kids responsibility. They'll appreciate your confidence in them, and you'll get chores done more quickly, leaving you with more time to relax as a family.

Get input. Ask your children for ideas, and enlist their help in setting up the activities they suggest.

Remember, today is one day in a lifetime. When tension is brewing in your family, remember that you will work it out, and it will most likely be forgotten in a day or two.

Give everyone a break. With everyone's busy schedules, sometimes the most relaxing thing that you can do as a family is to simply pile onto the couch and watch the tube. That's okay once in a while.

Let your family know you're human. Ask for time alone when you need it. Whether you want to take a hot bath, or simply watch your favorite TV sitcom by yourself, a break can refresh you and make you a better parent.

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