Yesterday, November 8th, was National Parents as Teachers Day.
Children often take on their parents values, political views, styles of communication, the way they treat others and view the world. It helps to remember that you are raising a future adult rather than a child. “He or she is just a child” is an idea that some parents find hard to give up as their child grows. Before you realize it your child becomes a teen. If you’ve never asked them to take on responsibilities it will be reflected when the teenage years begin.
The other day I read a statement that really made an impression on me, it said “If your child can use a cellphone, he or she can run a washing machine.” I’d like to add to that – and set the table, load the dishwasher, feed the pets, take out the trash. A child no matter what age can contribute to the everyday responsibilities of a household.
If there are values or behaviors that you’d LOVE to see come back and haunt you, instill and teach those things to your children. Thoughtful parenting takes work. Just a little food for thought.
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