7 Habits of Highly Successful Parents

By on May 27, 2015


http://www.babble.com/parenting/7-habits-of-highly-successful-parents/Success is in the eye of the beholder, and as it applies to parents, each one has their own definition. One mom might say her kid getting into Harvard is a sign of ultimate success, while another might think she hit the jackpot if hers ever remembers to flush the toilet without being asked. However, the definition(s) of highly successful parents is one that is nearly universally shared, and also one that has much more to do with the parents and very little to do with their kids.

It might seem impossible to hold a liquid with your hands — never mind catch it — but highly successful parents can not only anticipate their children’s throw-up, but ensure neither child nor parent needs to change clothes afterward, and that the carpet will not need to be cleaned, either (only the hands).

The ability to catch the vomit of your child is one thing. Doing it for a child’s classmate while on the back of a moving school bus simply will not happen. Marinating in a child’s classmate’s projectile vomit for the rest of the trip, on the other hand, will.

Highly successful relationships require each person to be in tune with the other. Highly successful parents, though, have the ability to tune out their children at key moments. These include: tantrums, repetitive and inane questions, requests for butt-wiping, Barney, Dora, and Caillou viewings, absurd mealtime demands, and the 11th nighttime plea for monster-in-the-closet abatement.

It may not seem like an accomplishment that a child has simply gotten old enough for their parent to not be present at each friendly gathering at a local park or birthday party. However, (A) keeping a child alive is no small feat [see: No. 7], and (B) keeping a child alive and tolerable enough for someone else to watch them — for free — requires nothing short of a highly successful parent. babble.com

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