Recognize that you are responsible for your children
Earn the trust of your children (it does have to be earned)
Command the respect that you as a parent should receive
Accept that they will have weaknesses, but help them to overcome them
Protect your children; be an advocate for them & don't forget to pray
Try to always model the behavior you expect of them and instill values in them
Understand that quality time with children is a vital role of parenting
Reward and punishment systems are a must; don't always focus on the negative
Establish a relationship with teachers and school staff members
Control use of television, phone, computer, technological devices, etc.
Observe relationships with friends in order to eliminate negative habits
Nurture your children and show them that you care
Teach them to be ambitious and challenge themselves
Realize that you are not their friend!
Outline expectations and boundaries clearly; keep activities age-appropriate
Let them know that you love them unconditionally
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Shakera Reid was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Miramar, Florida. Her passion in life is counseling and educating youth. Hobbies include traveling, writing and watching movies. Her hope is to encourage others through her writing and to help them in their Christian walk.
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