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The Rules of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Richard Templar

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RULE 18

It’s not about you – it’s about them

Let’s be clear about something. Having kids isn’t compulsory. You don’t have to do it. But if you do decide you’re going to go for it, you have to be prepared to put the kids first. No, that doesn’t mean giving them everything they want – often the reverse is the case. But it does mean making decisions based on what’s good for them, not what’s good for you.

Do you want some for instances? OK then. I’ve known parents have their child sleep in their bed with them at 6 or 7 years old – not because it’s what the child needs, but because the parent doesn’t want to stop. It really is lovely having your child snuggle up next to you, but it doesn’t help them to become independent, manage their own sleep ...

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