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10 Lessons Every Parent Can Learn From ‘Game of Thrones’

1. Trust your instincts.

1. Trust your instincts.

Eddard Stark (Ned) didn't want to accept the job of Hand of the King and move his family to King's Landing. But, he did so because he felt as if he couldn't say no to an old friend or his King. The lesson here is to trust your instincts. If you don't think it’s right for your family, don't do it!

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2. Discipline your children.

2. Discipline your children.

The Lord of the Eyrie was spoiled by his mother and therefore became an irresponsible leader. He loves the moon door and is giddy when he gets to command someone be thrown out of it. (In the Eyrie, those convicted of a crime are pushed out the Moon Door, a mountaintop door opening to the sky.) So, don’t let your kids get away with too much, or they'll never be responsible adults.

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3. Don't set your kids on fire.

3. Don't set your kids on fire.

Stannis Baratheon killed his daughter, Shireen, to gain favor with the Lord of Light. Don't sacrifice your child for your dreams. The time for putting yourself first was before you had kids.

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4. Encourage your child's passion.

4. Encourage your child's passion.

"Dancing lessons" is Ned Stark and his daughter Arya's code for sword fighting lessons. Since this is not something girls usually do, the two keep it secret. Her father knows that being good with a sword is an invaluable skill, and thus encourages her. Encourage your child’s dreams, and they will be better off in the long run.

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5. Have an emergency escape plan.

5. Have an emergency escape plan.

When her family is under attack, Arya is able to escape from the Red Keep because of the knowledge she gained from "exploring." Rickon and Bran are able to survive the sack of Winterfell by hiding in the crypts. Always make sure your children know the escape plan in case of a disaster.

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6. Be kind to your children...or else.

6. Be kind to your children...or else.

After years of being belittled, Tyrion kills his father with a crossbow. This lesson is quite simple. If you’re cruel to your children, there will be consequences!

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7. Knowledge really is power.

7. Knowledge really is power.

Sam Tarly and Tyrion Lannister are both aided by the fact that they are well-read. Sam's ability to quickly study the documents archived under the Wall proves crucial. Tyrion's study of dragons sets him apart from everyone else when he actually meets them. Make sure your children get a good education. It’s important.

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8. Anyone and anything can be a role model.

8. Anyone and anything can be a role model.

An old servant at Winterfell, Old Nan, tells stories to the Stark children. Though it is regarded as folklore, her stories prove often true and help Bran when he travels north. Remember, your children can learn wisdom from their elders, books, and many other outlets.

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9. Plan for the worst.

9. Plan for the worst.

Though Daenerys never knew her parents, she has always been surrounded by people who could tell her of them. Make sure you provide for your children in the event that you aren’t there.

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10. Protect your children.

10. Protect your children.

Jon Snow doesn't know who his mother is. His father hasn’t even told his wife! In fact, he took this secret to the grave. Normally it would be bad to withhold information from family members, but this situation is surely for safety. Protecting your child comes before anything else.

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