Hey, Mom and Dad: What's The Best Parenting Advice Your Parents Gave You?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

By this point, most of us have realized that parenting is much harder and more complicated than it may have seemed when we were children. There are countless schools of thought on parenting, everyone has their own opinions and the list of do's and don't's grows by the minute.

That leads us to this week's question:

What's the best parenting practice or piece of advice that you picked up from your own mom and dad?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Linda Saflarski Walsh: Make sure to enforce family time. They may not like it now but will appreciate & value it later. The older kids of ours are already showing signs of this now. — Batavia Patch Facebook

Sue Shepard: I learned that you must agree or at least appear to agree on issues. Don't let the kids play you against each other. — Elmhurst Patch Facebook

Meg Burns Lietz: My husband and I discuss this a lot now that our oldest in entering his teen years (we still have toddlers). Aside from being loving supportive parents, good role models etc, we feel one of the best life lessons we can teach all of our children is how to persevere. We feel it's important to let our children try new things and allow them to fail. Failure is a part of life. Learning how to cope, stay positive and overcome life's obstacles is something everyone should learn. Our parents never jumped in to solve our problems in school, run to our aid when we lost a job or offer for us to move back in to their house when we had no money in the bank. Not everyone will have the perfect job, family or life but learning how to be grateful for what you have and persevere through difficult times will help you see the blessing we all have on a daily basis. — Geneva Patch Facebook

Stephanie Yurgen: To research vaccinations before just blindly getting them for your kids without knowing what is in them! — Naperville Patch Facebook

Nicole Rita: My mother was big on being honest, her thing was "always tell me the truth, if you're in trouble, i can help, if you lie to me, your in DEEP" ... AND treat others as you want to be treated; those were her top 2. — St. Charles Patch Facebook

Sue Stozek Mayeda: To actually let them know you love them! — Wheaton Patch Facebook

Now it's your turn to weigh in. What did you learn from your parents about how to raise your own children? Tell us in comments below.

Colin C. October 23, 2012 at 01:18 PM
The best advice that my parents offered? "Don't have kids!!". But that was after about 20 years of their experience with me.
a neighbor October 24, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Dont give up on your children. Stick it out no matter what the problem. Do not put them in the street when they are having problems. The message you send is I give up on you and all that does is tell them to give up too. Dumping troubles kids in the street and on the public system damages the kids the most but all of us as a community. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT LIFE YOU MADE A DECISION TO PUT ON THIS PLANET. Support and help your child NO MATTER WHAT. Hey prolifer's YOU need to take responsibility for your decisions if you decided to havea child the job doesnt end when they are 16 or 18 IT IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT. Get therapy if you cannot handle your child's behavior do be a loser and burden to the rest of us and kick them out on the street.


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