All the Parenting Advice You Need on a 3×5 Card?

All the Parenting Advice You Need on a 3×5 Card?


My dad once gave me the infamous index card with “all the investment advice I would ever need.”  I’m sure I didn’t take the advice but I’ve always liked the idea of fitting everything one knows onto an index card. Having just attended the college graduation ceremony of our third child (a Ruth Washburn alumna) I have kiddingly been bragging that my husband and I are done parenting. And then I had the idea that maybe now I could try to fit all my parenting advice to others on one index card. Here’s what I came up with:

Sukies Parenting Advice

I do know that my parenting years are not over. How can I forget being 38 years old and getting in trouble with my wonderful dad for how I was raising my three-year-old daughter? So as my adult children grow older, and have children of their own, I’m sure I’ll be adding more advice to my short-list. But for now, here it is! Give it a try and let me know what I’ve forgotten.


 Sukie Jackson 04s teacher


  1. Kristi

    May 25, 2016 6:22 pm

    I always love your advice. I think I’ll make a copy of the index card and laminate it for my purse. Why, you ask? Because…it’s genius.

  2. Jennifer Cronk

    May 25, 2016 8:56 pm

    What great advice. I love it! Sukie, you were our introduction to Ruth Washburn school over two years ago when we were looking for a school for Nathan. I have enjoyed seeing you at the school and reading your articles. I am assuming that you are the teacher for the outdoor classroom next year? I saw a bumper sticker today that made me think of you and your new classroom adventure, “may the forest be with you”. Have a wonderful summer!

    • Sukie Jackson

      May 26, 2016 7:23 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. I learned so much from you. How wonderful that your family could be a part of Ruth Washburn. And yes, may the forest be with us!

  3. Alison Christofferson

    May 27, 2016 10:35 pm

    My usual stalling answer is “we’ll see.”

    What about “this too shall pass.”? This is one I learned to believe after the second child was born!

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