11 parenting tips that have stood the test of time
There are some pearls of wisdom that never get old. Here are Mumsnetters' top parenting tips, passed down through the generations.
1. 'Go faster juice'
“My 8-year-old drinks nothing really but water. Reason is that I’ve been telling her for years it's ‘Go faster juice’, so she thinks she’ll beat all her friends at running.”
2. The perfect timing
“Before a big day out, my mum would move the clocks forward an hour. When we'd get home, overexcited and overtired from the day, we'd beg to stay up. She'd grudgingly grant us an extra half hour… still getting us into bed half an hour early.”
3. This golden oldie
“'Who can stay quiet the longest?' Never fails.”
4. When you forget the money from the tooth fairy...
“Just blame the weather conditions. My mum would say that 'everyone knows fairies don't fly in the rain, because it's bad for their wings.'”
5. When they say "I'm bored"
“My mum was a complete genius at 'I'm bored' moments. I remember once when she looked at me in a measuring way and said 'I think you're old enough for Molesworth now.' I spent the rest of the day immersed in the book.”
6. When Nemo is no more
“When my goldfish 'was very unwell', my mum took him to the vet. He had to stay in the 'vet hospital' for a while, then came back both smaller and lighter. 'Well of course,' she said, 'Because he's had an operation.'”
7. Totally beachin'
“When we went to the beach, my mum would instigate a 'Stone Competition'. Whoever could find the roundest/smallest/most glittery stone would win. Cue children combing the beach for hours, giving her time to read a book.”
8. We don't scream for ice cream
“The ice cream man's music is to let everyone know that he's run out of ice cream.”
9. No socks, no shoes...
“When I was little I didn't like putting on my socks, and my parents told me that if I didn't put them on, my toes might disappear, and I wouldn't know until I took my shoes off. Sandals were OK to wear sockless, because I could see that my toes were still attached.”
10. A Christmas miracle
“On Christmas Eve one year, it had snowed heavily, and my parents climbed onto the roof with a broomstick and something to resemble hoofprints, spreading them all over the roof. In the morning they took us into the garden to see Rudolph's footprints. We didn't have much money or loads of presents, but I'll always remember that Christmas.”
11. And finally...
“When we'd ask 'Are we nearly there yet?', my parents would always reply 'yes'. 10 minutes later:
'We're not nearly there yet are we?'
'We are, just around this corner, keep looking.'
This kept us busy for the whole journey."