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Children's ABC's


A is for Accountability.
Hold your children accountable for their behavior.
B is for Boundaries.
Set specific limits, and make clear the repercussions if those limits are exceeded.
C is for Consistency.
Hold to the same principles and practices.
D is for Discipline.
Make the punishment fit the crime. Never discipline in anger.
E is for Example.
Children are in more need of models than critics. Set a good example.
F is for Forgiveness.
Practice it, and teach the importance of forgiveness.
G is for Giving.
Teach the joy of giving, not only to family and friends, but to strangers in need.
H is for a sense of Humor.
Keep your sense of humor. Promote laughter with your children.
I is for Imagination.
Be creative, and play with your children. Make up stories or songs when you read and sing together.
J is for Justice.
Be fair, and insist that they be fair, also.
K is for Knowing
your children's friends and their parents as well as their teachers.
L is forListening.
Listen to your children. It will teach them how to listen to others, and their thoughts will give you insights.
M is for Morals.
Be sure your own standard of conduct is sound.
N is for No.
Use it and mean it.
O is for Outdoors.
Provide as much outdoor activity as possible. Teach respect for nature.
P is for Pressure.
Reduce the pressure on your children, but insist they maintain high standards.
Q is for Questions.
Pay close attention to their questions, and give simple answers unless they demand more.
R is for Respect.
Show respect, teach respect, and earn respect.
S is for Source of Strength.
Share your own faith or beliefs with your children. Faith can be their port in the storms of life later.
T is for Togetherness.
Have special, designated times to be together as a family - but know when to let go, too.
U is for Uniqueness.
Understand the uniqueness of each child, and let that child be who he or she is.
V is for Voice.
Tone of voice can convey more to a child than the words spoken.
W is for Words.
Keep your word. Promises broken destroy trust.
X is for eXamine.
Examine constantly, and be aware.
Y is for You.
Take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually. A happy parent helps a child to be happy.
Z is for Zowie!
Who would have thought they would grow up so quickly?

"Love & Honesty" not included as we assume them to be already in place.

- JoFrisbie von Tiehl

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