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Kids Are People Too

Grown-ups can sometimes forget that children are people who need respect, privacy and consistency. Answering "because I said so" is not always the answer.

What can you do to get children to accept responsibility while building their esteem?

_Be consistent and clear when giving directions.

_Be consistent and clear about discipline.

_Never compare your children to someone else.

_Say thank you and please to them as you would with anyone else.

_Do not make statements that ridicule or shame your children.

_Show your children that you trust them.

_Keep your promises.

_Encourage and praise your children.

_When you make a mistake say "I'm sorry."

_Encourage children to give back to the community and volunteer.

_Teach your children right from wrong.

_Value your children right to privacy.

_Let your children know they are loved.

Remember that no matter what you say children still learn by your example.

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(c)Vanette Ryanes

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