Best Advice from ACI’s Parents

Facebook friends are sharing amazing family vacation pictures and celebrity supermoms are blogging about the benefits of cleansing, but ACI’s parents know that things aren’t always that easy.  While it’s easy to fall into a “How do they do it, and what am I missing?” trap, the reality is there is no magic solution to perfect parenting. But the best advice from ACI’s parents is sure to resonate with parents working to juggle it all in the 21st century:

Q: I #buildbalance by…little kid

“Letting the unimportant things go (sorry to those plants on my balcony).” – Laura McDermott, Media Relations Manager

“I try to build downtime into my schedule and just snuggle with my family when we walk in the door instead of cooking and cleaning right away!” – Sandy Glashaw, Account Executive

“After the kids go to bed, I pull up Hulu on the TV and watch whatever I want for an hour.” – Alicia Gonzalez, Training Manager

“Making technology go to work for me and keep me organized!” – Erin Krehbiel, Chief Marketing Officer

(Erin Krehbiel expands on her favorite parenting apps here in a follow-up blog!)

Q: Best parenting tip you’ve received:

“Kids don’t remember what you buy for them, but they will always remember the time you spend together.” – Tammy Lane-Dillard, Administrative Specialist

“Each kid is unique. Don’t compare them; they all grow at their own pace.” – Thomas Lee, Chief Sales Officer

“You define what true happiness means for you and your family.” – Tandice Tinney, Vice President of Service Operations

Q: Worst parenting advice ever:

“When we were potty training, someone suggested that I just let my son Nathan run around naked. After cleaning up a couple of puddles we quickly realized this wasn’t the method for us!” – Erin French, Intake Specialist

Q: Best lesson your kids have taught you:

“That I am NOT Wonder Woman. That I am NOT perfect and it’s okay to be wrong sometimes.” – Sofia Guzman, Work/Life Supervisor

“Actions always speak louder than words, but an honest ‘I’m sorry’ goes a long way.” – Alicia Gonzalez, Training Manager

“Being a mother is about teaching a child to make good choices with ‘on-the-job training.’ I’ve learned to share my rationale about a situation and encourage my daughter’s ideas.” – Theresa Baptiste, Chief Service Officer

“My son has taught me to live my life to the fullest, and how precious the small things can be.” – Erin French, Intake Specialist

About ACI Specialty Benefits

ACI Specialty Benefits ranks in the nation’s Top-Ten providers of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), corporate wellness programs, student assistance, corporate concierge, and work/life services to corporations worldwide. ACI partners with clients to Perk Up employee engagement and performance with benefit programs that improve morale, productivity and the bottom-line. With a 95% customer retention rate and over 7 million lives covered. ACI remains a privately-owned specialty benefits corporation, headquartered in San Diego. For more information, visit or call 800.932.0034.
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