Parenting: What Parents Don't Know About Parenting - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Top Five Things: Number one, parenting is the toughest job you are ever going to do. It is a 24/7 job for the rest of your life, practically. It is also the most rewarding job you are ever going to do. It is fun, and it is exciting, and it is interesting and it is something different every day. A third thing parents do not know is that they do not have to be perfect. We do not have to be a perfect parent. We have to try our best to be the job we can be but we do not have to be perfect. A fourth thing is that listening to your children is much more important than talking to your children. What you hear is more important than what you say. The fifth thing is that spending time with your children is both the easiest and most important thing you can do with your kids.