5. Kids think differently than us. Children are egocentric, thinking mostly of themselves. This is developmentally normal, and changes during adolescence. Don't be hurt by what appears to be children's insensitivity to your feelings and situation.
While it’s normal for kids to feel that they are and should be the center of your universe, please don’t treat them that way. Don’t make them your highest priority. Help them understand that they are one member of a family. Everyone’s needs and wants, including yours, need to be considered and balanced.
6. Kids know more than you think. Parents vastly underestimate what kids know about them. Children tell me about marital infidelities, parental quirky habits, and hurtful comments said in anger or frustration.
7. Kids know less than you think. Children don't understand or have a context for most of the adult conversations that they overhear. Keep kids informed at a level they can comprehend. Have them repeat back to you the main message to check out that understanding.
Kids are pretty cool in their own ways, but they are not little adults.