A Kid’s Perspective: The Dos and Don’ts of Being a Great Mother

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.

  1. Don’t talk about me or make jokes at my expense.
  2. Don’t be overprotective. I need some freedom.
  3. Always tell the truth and don’t falsely praise.
  4. Don’t talk to me like I’m a baby.
  5. 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.
  6. Ask me what I want. Don’t coordinate my playdates and plans without my input.
  7. Follow through on your promises.
  8. Be present: come to my events (presence is more important than presents).
  9. Talk to me, but don’t lecture me. Correct my mistakes without a lecture.
  10. Play games and have fun.
  11. Don’t criticize what I like. Let me make my own choices.
  12. Don’t show favoritism.

This blog reflects the opinion of Dr. Shaer and not Peconic Pediatrics as a whole.

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