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After I answered a question by John from West Virginia on Friday’s show I have received a ton of email asking me to do a full show devoted to teaching our children self sufficiency and self reliance.
I am going to do that show today but I want to point something out. I am not nor do I claim to be a parenting expert. I simply have had the honor of serving as a step father to a great kid who now has grown into a fine young man. I think Dorothy and I did a great job, much of what I share today will be what we did, however, much will be what we didn’t learn until we did it wrong first.
Parenting is a skill like any other skill, you yourself grow in knowledge overtime and will likely have reached the pinnacle of your parenting skill set at the point where you kids no longer require it of you, why do you think kids are generally so fond of grandparents?
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My limitation, no real experience in the kindergarten and back years
Understanding “growth” and that it takes time
Working with your children, not judging their “progress” on the “progress” of others
Rules we brought up our son with
As you grown you should end up with less rules every year
If you cry for something you don’t get it period
You are expected to pitch in around the house
Allowance is a paycheck, it also is a two way street
Never lie to us, you will need our trust some day
When I ask you what you think about something, IDK isn’t an answer
We never buy anything of consequence with out a thinking period first
Saving money is important, so is giving it away
When you make a bad choice it is your fault and your responsibility to make it right
You can have anything but not everything you want
Life isn’t fair, it isn’t supposed to be, oh and likely you don’t want things to be fair either
We always have your back, always
Things I would suggest any parent consider in raising their children
They are small growing people not dolls to be dressed or clay to be formed
Their opinions should be heard and matter even when not followed
You child needs to be sad, mad, upset, hurt and unhappy at times
If they say they can do it themselves, shut up and let them try
Don’t put them in sports where “everybody wins”
Teach them to value education and don’t lie about the value of school
Remember what you do is more important than what you say
Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.