5 Old School Parenting Tips You Should Still Use Today

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14:  Olivia Katie is congratulated by her mother as she opens her A-level results at Winterbourne International Academy on August 14, 2014 in Bristol, England. Across England and Wales students were receiving their A-level result

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Dr. Tovah Klein, Director of the Barnard Center for Toddler Development and author of "How Toddlers Thrive," and Angela Lanscom, a pediatric occupational therapist and author of "Balanced and Barefoot," talked to INSIDER about parenting tips that seem old-fashioned but are still worth following.


  1. EAT DINNER TOGETHER

Eating dinner together creates a familiar routine that kids find comforting. 

  1. SEND THEM OUTSIDE BY THEMSELVES

According to Hanscom, playing outside also helps children refine their senses in ways that carry over when they come back indoors.


  1. LET THEM PLAY WITH STICKS

Playing with raw natural materials increases kids' muscle development and creativity.


  1. BE A PARENT NOT A FRIEND

Parenting isn’t a popularity contest.


  1. LET THEM FAIL

Failure builds character.

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