Making It Stick

Motherhood is doing the same thing over and over and over, hoping someday the lessons you try to teach your kid actually stick.  It reminds me of a great quote I saw from Helen Keller.


I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

— Helen Keller


What “motherhood” duties — or fatherhood duties — do you have to do repeatedly that you believe will help your child in the long run?


I’ll start.  When I tell Tripp to say “please” and “thank you,” I think it will eventually pay off!

What about you?

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  • Rob Hart

    Save your money is what I tell my son.

    • 1MiddleRoader

      Good one- and one my parents taught me.


    Constantly saying to my four year old when whining: “I don’t know what you are asking for” in hopes that one day it will “click” that being polite is key!

  • Sue Lynn

    Keep telling our kids how much our Heavenly Father loves us and He is always there for them will never leave us or forsake us.

    • Michele W.

      Yes! I love this one! <3

  • RomanBarbarian

    To keep in mind that nothing comes without effort and work, even when things seem so easy for him. And of course, being respectful. That’s the first thing!

  • Rosie

    You can tell Tripp is a good boy, who occasionally has his typical 4 yr old moments. He grasps responsibility well and has shown he’s been taught manners by saying his Ps and Qs and praying. When my kids were 8, I was still dealing with blowback from trying to get them to clean and do their few chores. I love how Tripp enjoys chores. That will probably continue, but then again, parenting is a day to day experience. Kids are different second to second. That’s the beauty in it. I adore your relationship with Tripp. Such a sweet boy, impossible not to love.

  • Cass

    It pays off you just have to do your best!! As a mom of 4 my youngest is 4 and oldest is 15 you learn as you go! Somedays I think oh my goodness what am I doing wrong then I hear Nothing its normal! 🙂 I do wish the rain would go away though here in Wasilla! hehe! I started a blog but more about Thrive and DFT new to Alaska and its been a blessing for my husband and I! We feel so much better. 🙂 If anyone is looking for anything for health we have DFT its so cool! Have a great night! Thriving it up in AK! 🙂

  • triggy_bear

    Bristol I saw what the National Enquirer said about you ““Since her son left last month, it’s been nonstop partying and club­bing for Bristol,” a family insider told The ENQUIRER.

    “Bristol is hitting the local bars and acting like she’s a single girl without a worry in the world.” I don’t believe one word of it and you should sue them for saying such lies

    • Guest

      Sorry. It is true.

    • Rosie

      Gotta love tabloids desperate for a penny. Bristol and Tripp are back from their little vacation in Arizona obviously.

  • 1MiddleRoader

    Sounds like Einstein’s definition of insanity- Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. 🙂 But he was not talking about raising kids, and I agree with you, Bristol. I’m not a Mom, but I work in special education, so there are so many things I try to do. Since a lot of kids I work with have difficulty with empathy and understanding other people’s points of view, I will ask, “How do you think so-and-so feels? I bet he feels sad.” Or, if they do something mean to me, instead of just saying “Stop it” I try to say, “That hurt my feelings”. And I try to remember to ask how they’re feeling too. I think it’s good to do to some extent with all children.

  • Firelight

    As a mom, I do everything over and over! Finally, with my 9 year old I am starting to see some things stick but with my 5 1/2 year old son, I am still praying. I have learned a deeper meaning of faith because there are days when I just have to have faith that it will all work out with them. I have to trust God not just with myself but with my children too. It causes me to stretch and grow in ways I never thought possible.

  • Sally

    My grandkids are seven and 4 and a half, and have been saying Please and Thank you since they could speak at two.Both kids make their beds, tidy their rooms, and help their mom in the kitchen. They do not have to be told anything over and over to remember to do it. The secret? Their parents are consistent, fair, and have high expectations for their behavior, and the kids step right up. You can’t give in one day and not the next. You cannot let your child run things. And my son and his wife do all this with no slaps, no threats, and no yelling. And I know, poor Bristol is all alone (with her sisters nearby and her aunts and her grandparents and a mansion in AZ to ‘vacation in’ when Grandma is around.) My kids live 1000 miles away, and
    I only wish I could see them every day.

  • Kristy Patullo

    Consistency is key. Your Dad is a great role model, Bristol. Great work ethic, kind, polite. I really hope that Tripp grows up to be just like him.