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How to Build a Community of Parents and Children

How to Build a Community of Parents and Children

  • Have tea and coffee for the parents and adventures for the kids.
  • Find every child’s beauty and brilliance.
  • Listen to the wisdom of the teenage mother, the grandma, the working mom, the stay at home mom.
  • Share what works for you knowing it might not work for everyone.
  • Remember that parenting is an art, and there’s room for many styles.
  • Always have band aids and apple slices and silly smiles in abundance.
  • Sing songs together that every child and every parent knows.
  • Share what you have.
  • Learn jokes that make children laugh.
  • Ask children more than their names and ages.
  • Rethink honor rolls and gold stars- and find what needs honoring in every child.
  • Share the struggles of bedtimes and tantrums as equals.
  • Listen to the new parent without telling them how to do a single thing.
  • Pass around the bottle of sunscreen.
  • Clean up the paint and sand even if your child didn’t spill it.
  • Set up babysitting co-ops.
  • Exchange toys.
  • Share your tricks, and ask others for theirs.
  • Let children be tearful or giggly without trying to fix it.
  • Celebrate every child’s painting, dance, and story.
  • Wipe noses.
  • Ask to see the baby pictures.
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  • Listen to the wisdom of the young father, the grandpa, the working dad, the stay at home dad.
  • Share your talent.
  • Organize a block party.
  • Read your favorite children’s book to all that gather.
  • Tie a shoe.
  • Tell your most magical stories.
  • Gaze back at the babies.
  • Learn to make at least 5 silly faces.
  • Never dub a child “the shy one,” “the naughty one,” “the tomboy” or any label that narrows who they might become.
  • Hand down the clothes quickly grown out of.
  • Say “thank you for my child’s ten toes” as you roll up the endless socks.
  • Slow down and listen to a child finish her stumbled upon sentence without finishing it for her.
  • Find a quiet moment to feel the blessing of sharing your day with a child.