Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there. This year I collected some information from children, especially the ones here in Riverhead, NY, about what makes a great mother. On reflection of the day, I’d like to share a combination of their input and some kid tips on how to be a great mom.
- Don’t talk about me or make jokes at my expense.
- Don’t be overprotective. I need some freedom.
- Always tell the truth and don’t falsely praise.
- Don’t talk to me like I’m a baby.
- Don’t force me to talk. Ask me if I want alone time or if I want to talk. Sometimes I want to be alone.
- Ask me what I want. Don’t coordinate my playdates and plans without my input.
- Follow through on your promises.
- Be present: come to my events (presence is more important than presents).
- Talk to me, but don’t lecture me. Correct my mistakes without a lecture.
- Play games and have fun.
- Don’t criticize what I like. Let me make my own choices.
- Don’t show favoritism.
This blog reflects the opinion of Dr. Shaer and not Peconic Pediatrics as a whole.