Friday, January 23, 2009

Ways to be a Good and Effective Mother

1. If you are married, let your children witness that you sincerely love and respect their father; your husband. This will teach your children to know that love and respect should be in a home and it also prepares them to be loving and affectionate to their mate when they get married later in life.

2. Make the effort to set aside quality time with your children every week whereas you can sit and talk with them and learn from and about each other.

3. Be a positive and moral role model and example that your children can look up to, appreciate and honor.

4. Be a parent not a buddy/friend to your children. Of course, you are a friend to them, but ultimately you are their parent. Children need moral and ethical guidance and instruction from their parents. They don't need to figure it out alone. This results in disaster.

5. Listen to your children, but listen effectively with caring ears so that you will be able to give quality advice and help them in negative circumstances.

6. Encourage your children when they are doing well. Often as parents we see the negative; therefore, we must also make sure to praise them when they do well.

7. Teach your children to have manners and to be respectful citizens and to treat people as they desire to be treated and respected daily.

8. Teach your children to be caring and to be helpers of others.

9. Teach your children to know that not everyone is trustworthy. Although, you are teaching them to be trustworthy people, they need to know, however, that not everyone can be trusted.

10. Teach your children not to be arrogant, but confident in life in order to accomplish their goals.

11. Teach your children the meaning of true friendship.

12. Teach your children to be an honest person and to walk in integrity in their daily lives because what goes around comes around. We reap what we sow. Therefore, it's important to practice to sow good seeds and deeds.

13. If you are a person who believes in God, certainly teach your children the fear of the Lord, the word of God and to obey God.

14. Teach your children to respect their elders. When they get older they will certainly expect children to honor and respect them as their elder.

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