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6/4/12 4:20 P

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Respecting your elders and using your manners. I think that there is a lack of respect in today's generation. I hear kids talking to their teachers and parents as if they are speaking to a peer. I teach my boys to respect their elders at all times. I don't care if you are mad or frustrated, you will be respectful. Yourteachers are your elders and they are in charge, you do what you are told - no talking back. You will address them as Mr. and/or Mrs./Ms.

“One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.”


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Manners Matter! When someone in our house is not using manners they have to say this a couple times. Being polite is being considerate of others around you. We all raise our voice once in awhile, but we need to ask for forgiveness for being rude. I really try and bring Gods word into correction. This really helps me.
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6/3/12 4:46 P

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Eating healthy is not bad. That being said, my one son is underweight and the other is slightly heavy. They wont eat what I fix so they have to make their own. The offer is there and ready all they have to do is ask for a bowl/plate. I just wish they would.

I'm pretty, but not beautiful.
I sin, but I'm not the devil.
I'm good, but not an Angel.
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5/27/12 12:42 P

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Brotherly love. This is very important because if we didn't, I am sure that I would find one tied up to a tree somewhere while the threw water balloons or worse!

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5/20/12 3:57 P

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always be nice to others or just smile & try your best.

always believe in yourself!


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5/18/12 10:32 A

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My daughter is an only child and she HATES getting in trouble, so she is quick to offer excuses or try to lie about what she did to smooth over a tense situation. Because of this, we are working hard on being accountable for our own choices. Instead of looking for someone to blame for why we do something, we are working at looking at our own intentions before placing the blame elsewhere. In doing this with her, I finally had an epiphany in regards to my own struggles with weight. First and foremost I have to be honest with myself about how I got here - the rest will work itself out. I love it when lessons for our children end up teaching us more about ourselves than we might have intended.

Don't make excuses and don't talk about it. Do it.


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5/14/12 8:14 P

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My children have very good manners. Right now I am working on being considerate of others feelings. It is hard to instill in them but I always try to put them in the other persons place to see how they would feel. My 6 year old needs a lot of work.
I am also trying to make them not be comfort food girls when they are upset. This is huge and so far, so good. I never offer them sweets to cheer them up!

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5/10/12 9:04 A

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i would say in life it would be to be respectful and to mind her manners. Also, to walk by a beat of her own drum. to not follow others no matter how many people are doing something..to form her own opinion and rock it out even if she is the only one dancing!!! Health wise...well i am trying to get more vegetables in her and water!!!

Doing this "little"


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5/1/12 4:22 P

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Yes, manners! Me, too! My son is 9 and we are often complimented on how well he uses them. It's a great thing to see others appreciate such a hard thing to teach many children. My son uses them better in public than at home, but I think that's because he's wised up to how much more "relaxed" you can be within your own home.

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4/29/12 4:56 A

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Manners and sharing!!! My son 5 today went to grading for Taekwondo today and won a chocolate bar (he love choc) first thing he did was ask his friends mum to open it so he could give some to his friend then some for his brother then a piece for him self and offered me the last bit I told him to keep for himself he earned it but I was so proud with what a big heart he has for a little fellow. My children will never get want the want in our house if they don't use manners and are always praised for asking nicely!!!

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4/27/12 4:29 P

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Consideration. Be considerate and you're showing respect, being responsible and being kind all at once! I am the proud mama of 9.5 y/o boy twins and while they're pains in the you know what sometime (aren't they all!) I think they're coming along rather nicely. I'm proud and pleased with the overall behavior and consideration of my boys.

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4/26/12 3:21 P

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The one thing I enforce more than anything with my children are MANNERS! "Yes Ma'am", "No Ma'am" , Please and Thank You better be in their vocabulary. Also, my son is very competitive. He is really big into football (peewee at the moment), and gets discouraged when his team doesn't win. It was then I told him if he can answer "yes" to these two questions (Did you have fun?; Did you give it all you had?) once you walked off the field, then the score doesn't matter. That seemed to work alot better for him.

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4/25/12 10:07 A

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@Shirby, I think there are different SparkPeople affiliates for kids, expecting mothers, families, etc. Your daughter might find the one for kids useful. I'm having a mental block and can't remember how to find the other pages, but there's a Site Technical Help forum in the Message Boards section, and someone might be able to help you find what you're looking for.

Welcome to SP!

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4/25/12 9:51 A

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Hello everyone! I'm new to the group and I'm glad to see others like me have some of the same concerns or elations about their children as I do. My girls are 24 and 11 so I've quite a span. My oldest don't live with us but visits from time to time and my youngest may have juvenille diabetes so I'm trying to get my weight under control and she has said she will do it with me. Is there a sparkpeople group for her so she can join one on her own? My whole family has always been overweight a little bit but I want to feel good about myself and joined this web site after I saw a story on yahoo about a mom who did just that and I can relate to her story.

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4/25/12 9:45 A

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Sounds like you are raising a very caring and responsible young man. Kudos to you as many parents that I've met lately just don't care about anyone but themselves and it shows thru their children.

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4/23/12 9:46 A

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Thoughtfulness.

Thinking of the effect that their behaviour has on themselves and on others, both right away and in the future. We go through hypothetical scenarios sometimes, so that he can start to get into the habit of being thoughtful.

For example: if A (my 10-yr-old son) eats all of the chocolate chips out of the package, then there are none left later when I'm ready to bake cookies. The consequences for him are:
- A tummy ache from too much chocolate
- Not enjoying dinner because he's too full
- He doesn't get to help me bake, which he really enjoys
- No homemade chocolate chip cookies, which are his favourite

The consequences for me are:
- I don't get to bake, which is one of my favourite hobbies
- No homemade chocolate chip cookies

The consequences for the rest of the family are:
- No homemade chocolate chip cookies.

I usually ask the question, "Well, what would happen if you [fill in the situation]?" and then ask him to come up with the results. I offer guidance and additional ideas, but I like for him to do the bulk of the work.

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Every morning when I drop the kids off at school I say the same thing: Study hard, listen to your teachers and be kind to your friends. At home I also add to treat everyone in the family with respect. Someday they'll be saying the same thing to their kids, and then I'll know they were listening!

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4/2/12 4:38 P

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There are quite a few, but one that just happened recently that made me feel good is...

We try to teach the kids that if they are going to play a sport, they need to be committed to it and the team. While watching a pro lacrosse game, one of the players blew out his ACL. He spent the rest of the game behind the bench on crutches cheering on his teammates. Very impressive when no one would have faulted him for staying in the locker room. A week ago, my daughter sprained an ankle and was on crutches.. she not only went to the practices while on crutches (even though her coach told her she didn't have to be there!) and ended up getting the win in goal the first day she was off of them.

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I tell my son to be respectful and kind to others,but at the same time stand tall and be strong; don't let anyone run over him.

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4/1/12 10:37 A

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treat others with respect and kindness no matter how different they are.

always believe in yourself!


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Wow, sounds like our household lately. I'm not sure what's getting into them recently, but yes, you control you and consider how your actions and words will affect others. Think 1st.

Lots of UGHing going on.

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3/29/12 11:54 A

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What don't we try to enforce with our kids!? I think one of the most important is the Golden Rule...treat others as you would want them to treat you. And accountability, taking responsibility for their actions.

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3/22/12 1:32 P

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Responsibility I have 3 boys at home and boy they are a handfull. They are 9, 11,& 12. All are different from night and day. Very hyper,anger, and always looking for an argument.

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We try to enforce with our children to have good manners and to respect each other. We have been out at a store and had our children say "wow mom that kid has no manners and isn't being very nice." It's nice to see our children know the difference and know that this is not how to act.

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3/18/12 8:48 P

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Prepare for the following school day. Lay out clothes (including socks, underwear and shoes!) and choose all the foods you want in your lunch box!

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I was just amazed by my son yesterday. He got off the bus and was upset. I asked what was wrong. He replied that something bad happened on the bus. He said that an older child was cursing at the bus driver and yelling at her. It really upset my son and he felt real bad for the bus driver. He was still talking about it when we were playing outside last night. The really amazing part is that he doesn't particularly care for this bus driver, but he put that aside and knew that no person deserves to be treated like that. I thought that it was great that my 8 year old son already has a great moral view.

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How ironic, I just had a conversation with my 2nd grader about what a good friend is about. She had a little girl who she thought was her friend, tease her about the dark hairs on her arms. She now won't wear short sleeves or shorts. It was 85 degrees today!!! Why can't kids just be nice to each other. I told her friends don't make you feel bad for how you look, what you say or do. They are encouraging and lift your spirits. My daughter seems to be drawn to these types of girls!

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3/14/12 11:57 A

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There are a lot of things my husband and I are trying to teach our children. I would say number one right now is how to be a good friend.

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Well said, QUEEN.

I like you style.

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I guess we should be thankful we are working on this now and not later with bigger things. The consequences must be consistent though. If we do not make them appropriate and consistent now, what will be the consequences later when they stay out past curfew, smoke pot, or steal a $20 from our wallet? We will stay the challenging course now to prevent to really rough one later. Thanks for sharing!

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3/12/12 1:54 P

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On our walks to school in the morning my son and I talk about how great he is, and what he is able to do right now. How smart he is, and how much we expect of him. I encourage him to do his very best in everything that he does. Because being the best gives you opportunities that everyone doesn't get. It makes you even more special and qualifies you for more "treats" from everyone around you.

And on the way home we talk about consequences and rewards of your actions and decisions. How it affects you and everyone else around you. That after you are told something (anything) the choice to do it or not do it is yours. Your consequences and rewards are your own choices. We have so much fun talking and I love watching him process his choices and negotiate his rewards!

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3/11/12 6:18 P

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Tina, I feel your pain. What gets me is why they do it when they can get caught so easy. My daughter is 8 now and her toothbrush has to be taken apart to be "aired out". Well, she says she has brushed them, but it's still apart and dry as a bone!! Or yes I washed my hands, well did you also dry the sink out and then hide the towel your dried it with because the sink has no water in it???? Why do you have candy wrappers in the trash in your room if you didn't take and eat that candy???? (my 6 year old son)

Ugh!!! We keep telling them that if they are honest with us the punishment (if any) will be far less than if we have to force it out.

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Our son is 10. He is polite and kind to others (yahoo!). The challenge now is with lying about what he has and has not done. I'm not talking big stuff. I'm talking the "I'm too lazy to brush my teeth so I will say I did it" stuff. Lying in any form is the one thing we are working on right now. It poisons relationships with others, yourself, and God. Hopefully we are getting through. Taking away screen time for each infraction seems to hit him where it hurts.

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3/5/12 7:33 P

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RESPECT!!!! i have it posted on the fridge that " respect is needed "

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Usually it's respect, but right now we are trying really hard on "Do the right thing". Just to feel it in your heart, body or where ever that that is a good or bad thing to do and do the correct thing for whatever reason that will motivate you. Be it getting punished, being rewarded, feeling good afterwards, making someone else feel good, but for goodness sake, do the right thing.

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2/25/12 11:32 A

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I have been really hard on my kids about respect and manners. .It's sad to see so many kids these days that are very disrespectful to adults, especially their parents. I don't like to hear for a kid to say huh or what when asked a question. Few kids will say yes or no sir/ mama and the words thank you seem so foreign. When kids respect adults they also learn to respect others to.

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I really try to teach my daughter to have gratitude and respect. Also a big one for us is I try and teach her that its okay to have emotions but being angry or sad doesn't give you the right to say or do whatever you want.

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Respect and Manners, I think they go hand in hand being it is respectful to use your manners! I do not handle attitudes from children very well, so when they pop up, which is disrespectful, you go into timeout!

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Respect. I have 3 kids, ages 21-10 and for the 21 year old, it is hard to give the respect to those who have not earned it. She tries very hard, but unfortunately, when a person has disrespected her, it is hard for her to respect them.

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I try to be consistent with my 4 children. Every day before playing all their chores and studies have to be completed. I tend to remind them and if they don't get it done their favorite game will me taken away from them for 2 weeks.

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I have 3 kids from 3 to 6 years of age. I try to instill cleaning up after they are done playing with their toys. Their toys are sorted in bins with lids they can't open so when they want to play with something else, they have to put away the others first.

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I have 4 children all aged between 6 and 11 years and I always make sure they are well mannered and polite to everyone. I always make sure they are good in school, the eldest even got a award for his behaviour and attitude to school

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Do onto others as you would have done to you, Its nice to be important but it's more important to be nice, Your choices today are your tomorrow, choose wisely.

Without inspiration, the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.~~Johann Gottfried Von Herder


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Be nice, including considerate, thoughtful, kind & respectful

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My Kindergartner has to recite the 3 Rules before going to school...

1 - Listen to Authority Figures (Teacher, Principal, Crossing Guard, etc)
2 - Playtime comes only after work is done.
3 - Work is to be done quickly, and as correctly as you know how.

I find that when she doesn't recite the rules, she gets bad reports from the teacher for not listening or completing assignment. But when she does recite the rules, she comes home excited over getting a "Bear Ticket".

I'm SEXY & I Know It ... How About YOU?!?

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To respect others and have humility. Also, we are truly working on appreciation for things that others do for you, no matter how big or small.

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To respect his elders, his family, his belongings and things belonging to others. We have not conquered all of these, but we're still working at it.

WORKIN' ON IT...


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Treat others like you would like be treated

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I try to enforce is to be truthful, no matter what. If you tell a lie, it makes people doubt what you say and what you have said in the past. Always be honest.

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I think I most want to instill in my children "grace." So many times I see people towing this very hard line with others, but they themselves are so far from perfect. I want my boys to see the flaws in each other - and show grace. they can be firm in their own boundaries, but to learn grace is a real gift. I also want them to feel that they can receive grace. That when they make mistakes, they know how to apologize or correct the situation and then move on. In that kind of environment, they seem to flourish and look for ways to improve themselves on their own.

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To pick up after him self.

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Manners in general. I was raised in a home where certain manners were expected to be used day in and day out, no matter where you were at.

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Being respectful to your elders.

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This has pretty much been said already, but respect of others and kindness.

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Responible for your actions.

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Honesty and Accountability... My daughter often lies and will not accept responsibility for her actions when she thinks she's going to get into trouble. We often talk about it, but I think I can be a little too hard on her at times. I am going to try a less stern approach to see if that yields results.

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Focus & stay on top of your grades.
These are non-negotiable.

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I try to enforce to things with my children is to tell the truth and I am always here to talk to no matter how hard the subject is.

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I try to inforce in my son how to budget with money instead of spending it all in one day but to spread it out over the month. Also how to save a little of it and give a little of it.

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The one thing I try to enforce all the time with my children is valuing others. It is very important to my husband and me that our children recognize the inherent value of every person, regardless of who they are or what they do to them.

Slow and steady wins the race.

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The one thing I'm trying to teach my child and this is definantly a work in progress is how to treat his toys and belongings (as well as others) with respect.

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I have two boys ages 9&10 and one thing I try to enforce with them is to value and respect each other if a conflict arises between the two we have them meet in the middle to resolve it and though they have their own interests and often go separate ways I try bringing them together for at least one or two family activites a day. They might not always want to but I see it as valuable time together and establishing the bond between siblings that will stick with them for years to come.

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Always tell the truth. Telling the truth may hurt, but hurt fades--and can be dealt with.

Loss of trust--that's a lot harder to fix.

Of my three--two are scrupulously truthful, and I appreciate the level of trust I can have with them.

The third--well, he's working on it! And it is fascinating--same parents, same rules, and he was just born with a looser attitude toward "trustworthiness."

Worst (though we're not talking federal case here) I can see that there's a charming aspect to this. As a parent, I watch the girls watching him at school (as they have done since he started kindergarten!) and I totally "get" how the cute lad with the hint of "devil-may-care" bad boy gets the attention.

Yeah, he's seven--but I've got to keep my eye on him. *g*




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How does either seconds or dessert work? And how much are you giving as seconds?

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To have better table manners. I love my kids dearly, but sometimes their manners at the table are horrible!

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One thing I always try to enforce with my son is no matter what happens I will always love him, and he can come to me with any of his problems. I also try to enforce family values with him. :)

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Maybe it is a result of losing his parents? You didn't say why he lives with you, but if there was some sort of traumatic event, maybe he has some deep seated psychological reason for avoiding sleeping in his bed. It's a guess.

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To think for themselves.

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Strength........ I'm raising 3 beautiful girls, one who is 13. The other two are 6 and 9. I'm a firm believer that we need to raise our daughters to be strong women. Allow them to reach their goals, have the compassion to say yes and the courage to say no.



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Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning the devil shudders and says, "Oh Sh#t she's awake!"

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Honesty

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"Make Smart Choices", this works for healthy eating habits, healthy lifestyle habits, and being responsible at school and at home.

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I make a list of chores for my daughter. One chore that differs each day and daily chores as well such as scripture reading. When she comes home the first thing she needs to do is Do her homework, (daily chore), followed by that particular days chore, and then eat something (as i do not trust our school systems lunches). Only then is she allowed to go out and play with her friends and such. since the beginning of last school year when we implemented this i have never seen a child FLY through her homework and bust out a book and start reading at the speed of light.



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For our kids, this year I've been setting a specific consistent time when homework must start (4 p.m., after half an hour to unwind) and when it ends. (The time is longer for our older child, who has more homework.) If they finish their homework before the time is up, they have to use the rest of the daily study time to think about other homework or long-term projects they might have, or to read, IThis pre-set study hour keeps them from rushing too much or claiming that they have no homework and forgetting things. We have had fewer late-night surprises and forgotten assignments this year.

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With my daughter, we have a rule...if you have seconds you don't have dessert.

With my son, don't stand right up on the t.v. while watching it.

With both I try to re-enforce everyday that I love them with all my heart and everything I do on a daily basis is for them! Giving them rules is all about teaching them to not make my mistakes!!!!

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Always play! Make the homework fun, make the chores fun, and make playtime fun. They are only kids once, they need to make the most of it!!!

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These are allll amazing things to enforce with children! I have just made sure that my kids remember they are people too and that no one should ever make them feel like they don't belong or anything of that sort. I have a very open relationship with both of my kids and I am sooooo thankful for that...

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pick up after them selfs

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Bedtime!

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To accept themselves, be proud of who they are and not follow the crowd.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should! - Desiderata


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To accept themselves and not try to live up to what others think... A lesson I am trying to implement as well...(I know it starts with me displaying it first)

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Respect. Courtesy. Kindness. Gratitude.
Basically treat people and yourself the way you want to be treated.

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Respect is a major point with me, but to me it means respect at many levels. Yes, respect other people in how you deal with them, but also respect things like not being late for school, meeting the carpool, getting homework done, etc. My husband never cares if he's late for anything and I don't want my kids thinking that's okay (yes, it's one of my big pet peeves).

The hygiene issue is also big (I have an 8 year old boy; my 6 year old girl isn't a problem).
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yes, hygiene! especially with preteen boys. ew!

respect is a biggie for me.



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I would say one thing I try to enforce with my children is to treat others as they would like to be treated.

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There are tons of things that I enforce, but the one I have the most trouble with is getting my boy, Jacob, to sleep in his bed. (I know if that's my major behavior problem, I have it pretty good).

So many mornings I go to wake him up for school and I find him sleeping on the floor. Is this odd or normal for an 11yo? It's hard for me to know because Jacob is my nephew and we have only been his permanent caregivers since he was 8.

When he sleeps on the floor, he doesn't wake up as easy (most likely because he has stayed up late playing some imaginary game on the floor), so I "enforce" a strict "no sleeping on the floor with your comforters or in a sleeping bag on a school night" rule.

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My 10 y/o granddaughter lives with me, she has since she was a tiny baby. It's been challenging and fun. This past year we have been dealing with a 'Mean Girl' problem. This was a good friend just 2 years ago and she has turned on Tay and is determined to get all the kids in the neighborhood on her side. I keep telling Tay that it isn't her fault. We have kept her busy this summer with things to help her feel good about herself. And encouraging her. I feel that if she has enough self respect that she will in turn me a more respectful person. It has been a real learning experience for both of us..

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Respect. Hopefully, they can tell you that already. I will tell them things like, "Hey, that was extremely rude to me" or "Don't you dare disrespect your dad like that, apologize, now!" or "The disrespectful face will not be tolerated in our house!". You get the idea.

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