Golden nugget of parenting advice

Percy L. Abram, PhD, gives his best parenting advice
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Golden nugget of parenting advice

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My golden nugget of parenting advice comes from my wife who told me very early on never get into a battle of wills with a 3-year-old. And when I think about that, I think about Princess Bride and the character Vizzini played by Wallace Shawn, who says, never get involved in a land war in Asia. Because you automatically are setting yourself up for peril. You cannot win a battle of wills with a 3-year-old. And unfortunately although she told me this before we had children, I had to find out for myself. That's one nugget. The other nugget I have is parenting is the most difficult, arduous, complicated job that you will ever be called upon to do. And it is impossible to do it well unless you have a sense of humor. So I apply a sense of humor with my children all of the time, so much so that my children have now begun to adopt the same sense of humor with me when I make the very few mistakes that I make as a parent.

Percy L. Abram, PhD, gives his best parenting advice

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Percy L. Abram, PhD

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Percy Abram is the Head of Gateway School.  Gateway School is a Kindergarten – 8th grade independent school in Santa Cruz, CA.  Prior to joining Gateway School, Dr. Abram was the Upper Division Director at Brentwood School in Los Angeles.  An LA native, Dr. Abram received his B.A. (Economics) and M.A. (Education) degrees from UCLA, and his M.A. (Sociology) and Ph.D. (Education) from Stanford University.  Dr. Abram and his wife are the parents of a 10-year old daughter and 7-year old son, and despite running a school and being responsible for 260 students each day, he still finds parenting his most challenging job.

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