Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.
By this point, most of us have realized that parenting is much harder and more complicated than it may have seemed when we were children. There are countless schools of thought on parenting, everyone has their own opinions and the list of do's and don't's grows by the minute.
That leads us to this week's question:
What's the best parenting practice or piece of advice that you picked up from your own mom and dad?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Margie Zolkiewski Donnell: Doing something again and again and again. My dad made me practice my piano pieces over and over. I had to study for tests again and again. It drove me crazy and now I require my kids to do it. — Hinsdale Patch Facebook
Genene Johnson Murphy: My dad advised (in great ways) to never use the words "hate" or "shut up." — Downers Grove Patch Facebook
Mario J. Fotino: Give your kids hell and let the grand kids do whatever they want. — La Grange Patch Facebook
Suzanne Lovejoy: Honesty is the best policy and work hard!!!!! — Forest Park Patch Facebook
John Ternes: "The Masses Are The A***s...Put in a softer way: Just
because everyone is doing it doesn't make it right...Think for
yourself !!! — Lemont Patch Facebook