This post on Babble blogs by Kacy Faulconer is exactly what I needed today. That, and a butterbeer and a few hours with Goblet of Fire.
My favorite tips:
Embrace their quirks. Celebrate, encourage, embrace, and love the quirkiest of their quirks. No one knows this better than the Lovegoods and even Seamus Finnigan’s penchant for fireworks comes in handy in the end.
Warn them about evil in case they encounter if face to face. You have to prepare them. You don’t do them any favors pretending you-know-who isn’t real.
Love your children’s friends. Hug them, cook for them, help them shop, give them Christmas presents and good advice. Obliterate any nasty death eaters who lay a hand on them–also knit them sweaters.
Encourage them to read and do their homework. Knowing things really does come in handy some times–Could even save the world!
Treat all living things with kindness and respect. “Dobby is happy to be with his friend. . . Harry Potter.” Giant tear.
Which tips would be your top 5?