Advice from experts and wise parents on raising little people who thrive.
"Instill in your kids the idea of visualizing who they want to be. My mom used to do this with me all the time; she would point to the Romper Room hostess and say, 'You have the personality for that.' She had these specific career ideas for me that I thought were hilarious." — Jenny Rosenstratch, author of Dinner: A Love Story
"Calm down, people. I used a special baby shampoo that I later learned had carcinogens in it, and I freaked. Then I found out that it causes cancer only if you feed several bottles of it to your child every hour." — Jenny Lawson, author of Let's Pretend This Never Happened
"Get outside! Have a picnic, climb a tree, make a fort, watch the clouds move through the sky. Create an adventure!" — Christy Ziglar, author of Can't-Wait Willow
"My mother worried endlessly about me—still does, and she's 88 years old—and it was a burden that kept me from taking risks and trying new things that I knew would scare her. Maybe that's why one of my current worries is that my worrying has kept my own daughters from certain adventures that might have been good for them!" — Robin Marantz Henig, coauthor of Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?
"We sing constantly. When we're studying the spelling word 'over,' I'll belt out, 'Juuuune is busting out all over!' from Carousel. It distracts them from hating things like homework, and it makes some of the drudgery and ridiculousness of child rearing actually funny." — Vicki Glembocki, author of The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth About Becoming a Mom. Finally.