Top 10 parenting lessons from Albert Einstein
In honor of Albert Einstein’s birthday, I thought I’d share some of the parenting lessons I picked up from one of the most significant scientists of our time. Some you’ll recognize, others maybe not, but all apply to the “Science of Raising Children”.
- Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results. This explains why, despite a daily reminder from me, my 8 year old cannot remember to brush his teeth before leaving for school!
- If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. This law is not specific to parenting, but one that becomes crystal clear once your child can form sentences. The good news is that sometimes the 6-year old explanation is all that is necessary. The bad news is that there are infinite numbers of questions that come from the mind of a 6-year old!
- If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. Read to them, with them, and without them! Reading is the key to knowledge, share it with them.
- Speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. The kiddos are watching and they will imitate the behavior we model.
- Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. I’ve always said that the only thing I want my children to learn is “how to learn”. Our job as parents is to make sure this happens…
- Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Don’t be disappointed if your child does not excel in something set forth for them. Let them find their passion, the genius will follow!
- Never memorize something that you can look up. After all, there is Google and Wikipedia for homework help, Allrecipes and Cook’s for recipes, HBR and Working Mother for business tips etc. Information is everywhere; don’t waste your time trying to remember it all…
- You never fail until you stop trying. I will get these chicks out of the nest, gosh darn it, if it’s the last thing I do!!
- In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Don’t make life easy for your children. Growth only comes from challenge. This is the most difficult parenting lesson of all! But your success as a parent depends on how well you learn it!
- A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? Oh yes, it’s definitely me! I have 3 kids after all. That is the definition of crazy!