Andie MacDowell's Tips for Blockbuster Parenting
2) Teach them independence. It sounds simple, but I took a parenting course and the teacher asked us, "What's the most important lesson to teach your kids?" People said "good morals, good manners, to be compassionate ..." but the teacher said the greatest gift is to teach them independence. I let my kids go and trust their ability to make decisions.
3) Set aside "unplugged" quality time with the kids. It's hard to get my kids together now because they're older, but we all spend Christmas in Montana. There's no television, no computer and cell phones don't work. So we play games, hike, go cross-country skiing, cook and talk. It's a full week of connection that we all look forward to.
4) And make time for yourself, too. I do a lot of yoga, walk and hike. I'm an avid hiker. I belong to a hiking club where we climb 40 peaks over 6,000 feet. My mentor in the hiking club is 82 years old! That's who I want to be when I get older.