Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What are the most important things you can do for your children?

Three things.  Love, Boundaries and Information.

It goes without saying, love trumps everything. Love fixes everything.  Love is the meaning of life.  For your children, love must be absolutely unconditional over all things....they need to feel it, they need to know is there.  This will give them strength.

And, on the more mundane side of things:

Clearly defining boundaries and consequences is critical.  Boundaries should be defined based on the values you would like to instill in your children.  Clearly defining the consequences for crossing these boundaries, is critical.  But the most important thing of all is to ALWAYS follow through with the consequences you define.  One word of caution here, be careful when you define consequences, in case you have to follow through.

Restrict the information that reaches your children at ALL times.  It should always be age appropriate and in limited quantities.  Tightly control access to TV, Internet, magazines, radio, etc.  You will be surprised how what is in your head eventually becomes an integral part of who you are.  Protect your children's minds. 

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