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Beyond 'Eat Your Veggies': Advice for Better Parenting

Beyond 'Eat Your Veggies': Advice for Better Parenting

By OZY Editors



Because we could all do a better job here.

By OZY Editors

Dear Moms and Dads,

Here’s what you should know to raise better, smarter, happier, healthier kiddos — we’ve got a boatload of good advice for you:

  1. Teach your kids to draw — early and often. Turns out that a study conducted on tots at King’s College London found that little ones who can sketch and scribble well are likelier to be smarter later. Drawing talent was a top predictor of high IQ later on in life. 
  2. Pay ’em to eat their veggies. Researchers at Brigham Young University found that a little bit of cash could go a long way in getting children to choose healthy foods over the greasier stuff. And since they don’t yet know the value of a dollar, all you may need is a nickel or two. Bribe away.
  3. Moms: Give yourselves a night out already! Writer Samantha Schoech tells us that parents need to calm down and give themselves a break — especially stay-at-home moms. Don’t go so crazy that you know the bartender’s schedule … but listen to Sam and take some good advice on how to chill the you-know-what out.
  4. And on the other side of the coin, if you’re a father, do it with full force. Eugene S. Robinson — MMA fighter, sex columnist and … dad — writes about how he went from being convinced that he wanted a vasectomy in his 20s to becoming a supremely loving father.
  5. Lastly, we know you want your kiddos to do well in school. Which means you may want to send them to the elite world of the Ivy League, eventually. Pro tip: Despite all you’ve ever heard about the debate team or community service, the real hot ticket into Harvard is this: Be. A. Jock.

You’re welcome.

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