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Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You An Awesome Parent

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Here’s what you need to focus on to be an awesome parent:

  • Gardener not carpenter: Your job is to provide a safe space to grow, not to systematically build Frankenstein.
  • Under 6, they need play: Having an imaginary friend who happens to be a dragon named “Larry” is a good thing.
  • School-age kids need teaching: Help them build skills. Cooking, good. Bartending, not so good.
  • Teenagers need apprenticeships: They need to learn how to learn without you. And that means real world experience.

These phases are critical for kids. But it’s a mistake for us to ignore them for ourselves as adults.

We all could use some playtime. We all benefit from learning new skills. And we all should embrace new challenges in the world. As Dr. Seuss said:

“Adults are obsolete children.”