This Is Why Your Kids Are Gonna Turn Out Okay
As new parents, there’s always a slight worry that you might be messing up your kids — even though you have future parenting plans to do all sorts of fun, creative things together like help them learn how to code and cook together in the kitchen. Sure, you want your children to be healthy, happy and well adjusted, but when you’re running on minimal sleep and your kiddo is testing your patience, you might have moments where you think you’re the WORST parent on the planet. Trust us, we all feel that way at some time. But a new study out of Japan suggests that the kids are gonna be alright if you’re a supportive parent.
This study defined supportive parenting as moms and dads who trusted their child, let them be independent, spent quality time with their kiddo and showed a great deal of interest in their kid’s life. The researchers surveyed 5,000 Japanese men and women about their upbringing, and asked them to agree/disagree with statements like, “My parents trusted me” or “I felt like my family had no interest in me.” They saw that time spent together and being scolded were defining childhood memories.
What was clear was that supportive parents raised well-adjusted adults who reported feeling happy with their lives and doing well in school. Being a caring parent right now — whether you’re kissing a boo boo or figuring out what after-school activities excite them the most — has great implications for your child’s self-esteem as a professional in the working world, as the study found that well-supported children earned high salaries as adults.
Other parenting styles — like being super strict — didn’t fare as well. Men and women who are raised by parents who had a ton of rules and gave their child very little independence said that they did great academically and in their working lives, but unfortunately, they felt a lot more stress and dissatisfaction with their personal lives.
If you’re a busy working mama who struggles with work/life balance and wonder how you can spend quality time with the little one while being a rockstar #girlboss, you’re not alone. Forty percent of moms in the US are the primary income earner in their families. A nine-to-five gig might make it hard to squeeze in that one-on-one time with your kid, so think about ways you can spend the weekends crafting together or getting out for some outdoor fun. Just remember: You got this!
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)