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Friday, May 13, 2011

8 Habits of Highly Effective Parents - They Always Teach

Friday, May 13, 2011
I have always said that we are not raising children, rather we are creating adults. And today's post ties directly into that. I have met many parents, and I am sure you have as well, that put their parenting on auto-pilot. They are the ones not worried about what their kids for the most part, as long as they aren't bothering them. The parents that let things go and let things go until they snap and scream at their children. But an effective parent takes every opportunity given to teach a lesson in becoming an adult. Whether it is their behavior or the behavior of other people around them.

Now this doesn't just apply to behavior. It can, and should, apply to every part of everyday life. When you go grocery shopping, teach them to bargain shop and compare products. Or how to pick out good produce or meat. When cooking, take the opportunity to teach them fractions and especially how to prepare what you are guys are cooking. Any life skills you can impart to their young minds is one more step on the road towards them being self-sufficient.

One of the things that I am planning on doing, when she is old enough, is include my daughter in the decision making in the house. While she won't be able to make every decision (I can see ice cream for dinner every night) it will be a good opportunity to teach her on how to make good decisions. To weigh the choices and the potential consequences and then make informed decisions. Much like they did in tribal days, in preparation for adulthood, the children were included in the village councils. I feel comfortable doing this because I would like to think that I have taught her well enough by this age so that she can make mature decisions.

I would love to see if you all disagree with me or even agree. Please comment below and let me know.

Blessed Be!

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