Quite frequently I’m asked what is the most important piece of advice that I have for parents. After thinking about it for some time, my answer would be that they should keep regular bedtime schedule with their kids. Answer like that is a bit surprising to people, but it makes sense once you start taking into account research which suggests that kids who have irregular sleep patterns have problems with behavior and are prone to picking up bad habits in other aspects of life.
Today I got a very unsettling message from a person who isn’t quite happy with one of the things that I said on the homepage. What “triggered” them was me saying that parents should keep permissiveness at a minimum when dealing with kids. In other words, what I was trying to say is that parents should learn to say no to their kids, at least sometimes. In the recent years more and more parents have been saying yes to every little request and that their kids have. This isn’t healthy and I think we should put a stop to this.