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Bringing up kids is hard, especially these days. But the frontier was no picnic, either. One of INSP’s favorite couples always seemed to strike that delicate balance between allowing their children freedom and reining them in, usually with a valuable life lesson in the mix. Let’s take a look at Ma & Pa Ingalls’ parenting style!
Think of your children often. In the, Ingalls’ case, even when you’re on your second honeymoon.
Be a positive example. Kids take their lead from how their parents act, think and speak. Ma & Pa Ingalls live their beliefs providing role models based on morals, acceptance, love and compassion.
Kids are going to get into mischief. It’s part of growing up. But when they are wronged in situations where they can’t defend themselves, go to bat for them. Pa always seemed to know when to let the kids learn from experience and when to intervene.
Even great ideas with the best intentions sometimes don’t work out. Impart the lesson with love and consideration. Charles and Caroline let their children know when they did something wrong, and made sure the kids owned up their mistakes and apologized, at the very least.
Have compassion for other children and help when you can. Charles and Caroline are always quick to lend a hand, especially when it comes to a child in need.
When money is tight, the whole family must pitch in, doing whatever way they can. Charles takes several odd jobs. Mary works as a seamstress. Caroline works the farm and Laura does everyone’s chores.
Family is the priority—giving them a home, keeping them safe, fed and loved. Pa Ingalls takes on many extra, often dangerous jobs for the sake of his wife and daughters.
Kids and critters go together, and sooner or later, a furry friend may become family. Depending on what “follows them home,” you’re in for another teachable moment…or a moment of shrieking in horror. Good luck. Caroline and Charles deal with many pet adventures over the years.
You’ll create great memories, and even if things don’t go exactly as planned, the whole family will look back and laugh. Ma and Pa may find themselves in awkward situations, but they make the best of it.
Get kids involved in your neighborhood—from street fairs to social causes. For the Ingalls, community life and family life are intertwined. Even the most vexing neighbors (not naming names!) are like family.
Kids love to play games and with that, naturally, comes competition. Teach them to be gracious winners and losers, and that the biggest competition they’ll ever face is themselves, as they strive to be their best. Pa Ingalls knew that the winner is not necessarily the person who goes home with the trophy.
Encourage your child’s imagination and have a good laugh when things get a little wild. Laura has a vivid imagination, sometimes to the astonishment of her parents, but usually good for a chuckle.