If you took a look at the social media timelines belonging to Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and his beautiful wife, Hayley, you wouldn’t likely question their parenting skills. Their daughter, Olivia, is a precious little rosebud in a constant state of smiling and her mom and dad take her on incredible educational adventures.
It’s obvious that they are remarkable parents, but it’s also obvious that they are very intentional and growing into these dynamic roles as mother and father. So, when Tyler got some solid advice from a friend, he was quick to share it for other new parents learning the ropes.
In the caption, the singer-songwriter explains, “Some dear friends of ours shared this with us this weekend and I feel like this is parenting GOLD. This now lives on our refrigerator.” The accompanying image is a “Memo From A Child To Parents.” The memo is a list of 20 pieces of advice written from the voice of a child and includes such things as: “Don’t spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for. I’m only testing you,” and “Don’t protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way sometimes.”
The list isn’t just for toddler ages little ones like Liv. It also includes wisdom for teenagers, such as: “Don’t be too upset when I say ‘I hate you.’ Sometimes it isn’t you I hate but your power to thwart me,” and the hilarious “Don’t nag. If you do, I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf.”
While some of the suggestions are practical—“Please keep yourself fit and healthy. I need you.”—others are terribly real—“Don’t ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me too great a shock when I discover that you are neither.”
Even though it doesn’t seem like Tyler and Hayley, you have to admire their willingness to do all they can to raise Olivia and her baby brother, who is expected to make his debut this summer, to be confident, capable and well-loved little humans.