FIVE WAYS – By Marcos Behean Hernandez

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Parents can do much toward actively helping their children develop and mature into responsible adults. There are five major concepts that parents can apply to do this.

First, and most important, they can begin to openly and honestly communicate with their children.

Second, they can take an active interest in their children’s school life and work closely with teachers and other parents.

Third, they can help to foster desirable values and attitudes in their children, particularly those values and attitudes relating to productive social behavior.

Fourth, they can provide constant encouragement and love to their children, especially during times of difficulty.

Finally, parents can, by a variety of means, help their children develop positive self-images and strong character traits.

Love your children with all your heart, love them enough to discipline them before it is too late… Praise them for important things, even if you have to stretch them a bit. Praise them a lot. They live on it like bread and butter and they need it more than bread and butter.

-Lavina Christensen Fugal

(Excerpts are from the book “For the Love of Children – by Eva Shaw”. Published by Health Communications, Inc.)

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