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April 6, 2011

A Great Idea…

“Most parents underestimate the degree to which their children are aware of what they do or say. I think we get so used to our children not paying attention when we want them to mind us that we forget how closely they are listening to us when we’d rather they didn’t. But children have an extraordinary talent for appearing lost in their own thoughts when they are actually paying very close attention.” (Laurence Steinberg, in his book, 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting p. 18)

 

In Other Words…

Maybe our most important influence on our children is our example. The simple things we say and do teach them what we really believe and value.

 

How this Applies to You…

Careless words and acts can make real impressions. Next time you are around your children, notice what you say and do. Do you speak well of neighbors, co-workers, and friends? Do you do your part in the family? Do you choose wholesome entertainment? Here’s your chance to be a real teacher!

 

To Find Out More…

For an excellent (and free!) program on parenting, see The Parenting Journey at www.arfamilies.org and if you have children under the age of 6, check out See the World Through My Eyes.

 

For more in depth reading on parenting, we recommend The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting by Laurence Steinberg or Soft-Spoken Parenting by H. Wallace Goddard.

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