I can save parents and would-be parents’ grief and a good bit of self flagellation. So here’s the next of my Twelve Commandments of Happy Parenting.
Thus saith Thy Blogger, thow shalt–
II: Never give a child your divided attention once you’re playing with them, unless it’s an emergency. That doesn’t mean you should give them your attention all the time. Far from it.
Playing alone is good. But don’t be rude when you are being a hands-on parent.
It’s also teaching all the wrong priorities about what is important in life. Don’t be surprised if you tune your child out and later your child tunes you out.
(to be continued in this space tomorrow…)
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