How Can We Ensure....
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Amy - posted on 02/15/2010
teach them to be functional, respectable and respectful children. teach a difference between what's fair and just. live your life how you hope they will live theirs. they watch every thing. if you do something wrong, it's okay for mommy to say sorry. admit that even as an adult, you can be wrong. love love love them no matter what. and don't assume you know what's going on, just listen and try to understand.
Isobel - posted on 02/15/2010
Don't give them a prize for just showing up...don't fight their battles for them...accept that they are probably not the end all and be all of the universe (well, of yours maybe).
Don't abuse them, or allow anybody else to abuse them, but don't protect them from getting hurt legitimately.
Make them save up to buy stuff they want...don't just give it to them...say NO and mean it.
Punish them when they deserve it, praise them when they deserve it.
Make sure they always know you love 'em...
That's my theory anyway...I'll let you know how it works out in ten or 15 years ;P
I'm not sure we can ensure it either.....and I worry about that.
I mean, I try to instill good values, set a good example and give him lots of opportunities to be happy and explore the good inside himself, but sometimes when he's sleeping and he looks so beautiful, innocent and angelic, I can't help but think of the possibility that he could grow up to be a serial killer or something horrible.
Does that ever happen to you all when you watch your kids sleep?
I think all we can do is our best to teach them good manners - please and thankyou, right from wrong but also that it is ok to be different, to have different opinions, to be from a different race, religion etc and that everyone should be treated equally. As other have said you are their role models and if you act the way you'd like them to act they should follow by example.
Carolee - posted on 12/14/2009
Do your best to teach them to be polite and respectful from the moment they start talking. My son's third word was "please". That's (I think) the best you can do as a parent. There's no guaruntee of what's going to happen to them in life, and how they're going to react, though. There's really no way that we can "ensure" anything in life. All we can do is our best to teach them.
Amy - posted on 12/14/2009
I'm not sure there's a 100% way to ensure that. I think that the best way is to help make sure your children are well behaved. My husband has been doing a lot of reading on ways to help your children be self discipline children, and you basically don't "yeal" at them but explain what they did is wrong. Also giving them options is a very good thing as well, it makes them feel more responsible for there decisions.
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