So, there seem to be a fair few baby Netriders being born at the moment. Inspired by the horrible story someone told in one of the threads about a so-called mother who referred to her child uniformly as 'little turd', including to its face, I thought it might be fun to start a thread where those of us with a bit of experience at this whole parenting thing can share some of what we've learned. Meant to be helpful, friendly, fun and take-it-or-leave it, not condescending. In terms of my own cred, my two daughters are 14 and 17 now and an absolute joy to be around, for other people as well as for us. That feels like some kind of success. First tip I have to offer: be happy to see them. Always. We always say good morning, hug them when they come home or we do, smile at them when they come into the room. Just feeling that warmth from birth has to be great for a kid. Sometimes you're tired or stressed, but that's not their fault: let them know you want them around. I credit that for the fact that our kids still want us around now they're teenagers.