Originally Posted by Dakota rube
This won't come into play for you for awhile, but always kneel down and get on an eye-to-eye level with your kids while you are talking to them.
Originally Posted by globetrotter
+1 and make sure that they look you in the eye when you are talking to them. run a tight ship.
Damn great advise!
Originally Posted by gdl203
D day is approaching fast and I'm looking for words of wisdom for some of you who've been there, beyond the usual parenting/baby book stuff.
What are your top pieces of advice?
Special bonus points for fathers of twins giving specific twin advice
Hey congratulations GDL! I don't have twins but right now we're raising 2 girls- a 5 year old and a 6 month old. Here are some old but true cliches I can share:
- enjoy every moment with them. time DOES go fast, and children do grow up fast.
- make sure you and the wife have time alone together as much as you can
- don't believe in all those parenting hype and new age crap on how to raise kids
- don't spoil them or make them think they're entitled to anything
- talk to them (agree with straight talking- not the googoogaga thing) and show interest in what they're doing or what they did while you're away
- if your extended family is around make sure they get to know their relatives, grandparents, cousins, etc.. unless of course they're creepy.
- doing things together doesn't mean doing what they want all the time
- expect nothing less than good behavior all the time
- best way to raise kids is by example- specially how you and your wife communicate to each other
- don't buy expensive and hyped baby products like those Bugaboo strollers and designer baby clothes.
Keep us posted when the twins come out GDL. Good luck and congratulations to the wife too!