Parenting Mantras: The Little Phrases That Get Local Moms and Dads Through the Hard Days

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Parenting is tough and sometimes we need a positive phrase to get us through the really hard days. That’s the inspiration behind Metro Parent’s “My Mantra” series.

Each issue, we feature a local mom or dad’s parenting mantra — a little phrase or idea that helps them through tough times — and give them the chance to talk a little more about their mantra in a video.

Here, you’ll find all of the mantras that have been featured so far. Take a look and see if any resonate with you. And don’t forget to submit your own mantra to

Stephanie Olson: You Are The Captain of This Ship — March/April 2021 Issue

Local mom of two, Stephanie Olson sat down with Metro Parent’s editor-in-chief to talk about the mantra that gets her through the rough seas of parenting: You are the captain of this ship. “There’s always 160 things going on in my head at all times. I don’t know if every mom feels that way — pretty sure that they probably do — stop and you just say something to yourself out loud that helps, at least for me,” Olson says. “So, I just think ‘I’m the captain, I’ve got this.’ I’m going to do one thing at a time and it’s all going to get done when it gets done and it’s not the end of the world.” Watch her full video above and don’t forget to share you Mantra with us, too!

Erika Ciavattone: You have to persist longer than they resist — Jan/Feb 2021 Issue

This mantra applies to so many challenges we face as parents. When an overly-tired child is refusing to go to sleep or when you are trying to introduce a new food, kids will fight you on it. You have to try harder to get them to do something than they try to not do it and eventually you will get the desired outcome. 

It may seem easy at first to just give in to whatever the child wants or doesn’t want to do, but you will regret it in the long run.  

We have persisted in getting our daughter to try different foods and it has paid off because now she eats so many foods and some are ones that even my husband and I don’t like! 

Persist longer than they resist.