Crucial Parenting Tips Derived from Game of Thrones
May 24, 2016

The last place you would look for parenting tips would probably be Game of Thrones. It’s filled with blood, dragons, wildlings, and direwolves; how could it possibly offer up helpful parenting tips? Surprisingly enough, you can glean some powerful lessons and parenting tips from the world of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow.

Warning, the following parenting tips may contain spoilers

  1. Work to unify a blended family. This applies especially to today’s society with divorce rates high, it’s not uncommon for a parent to be found parenting a stepchild alongside their biological one. Parenting tips wise, this is extremely important. Work to treat them as you do your own child, otherwise it will just create a rift within the family. Look at Jon Snow, he was basically pushed away from the rest of the family since birth. What did he do? Joined a group in the freezing North, separated from all his friends and family, and is in constant danger.
  2. Supervise and support your child’s hobby. Bran Stark’s parents could’ve used some of these parenting tips. We all know what happened to Bran. His mother forbid him from climbing–his favorite thing to do–and he ended up being shoved out of window because he was climbing irresponsibly. When your child falls in love with a hobby, like climbing, as a parent it’s your job to offer up support and make sure they do their hobby safely.
  3. Don’t love one child less than the others. This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised, which is why I’m including it in the parenting tips. You may think your child doesn’t notice when you brag about or praise their sibling more, but they most definitely do. Once again, Jon Snow is a prime example of what happens when you love one child less than all the others.
  4. Believe in your child. I can say with complete confidence that your child will surprise you. Even if it doesn’t seem like your child has it in them to become a leader, they may surprise you. It’s important to encourage them to set high goals and work hard. If you don’t believe in them, they have a lower chance of believing in themselves. For example, Robb Stark wasn’t expected to become King of the North, but it happened and he motivated many to follow him. Another obvious example is Daenerys Targaryen, otherwise known as Khaleesi. She had no idea she was going to be the Mother of Dragons, but here we are.

Teens are difficult to raise, everyone can agree on that front, but being open to parenting tips and looking for them in unexpected places will make it a little easier on your child and you. As long as you offer up your undying love and support, your child should be able to fight their own White Walkers.

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