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Posted by Leora on October 17, 2003 at 12:26:17:

Top Ten Common-Sense Rules for Fathers (most are good for moms too...)

Rule #1 Expect A Great Deal From Your Kids
If your kids know that you expect a lot from them, they'll rise to the occasion.
Everything from saying please and thank-you, to efforts in school or on the
athletic field, if expectations are made clear in a loving atmosphere your kids
will know that you think a lot of them. When they know this, they'll respond.

Rule #2 Always Be Willing To Be the Problem

Rule #3 Know Your Child's Life Intimately

Rule #4 Say No To Your Kids
There's an awful lot of stuff out there for kids these days...and of course they
want to have it all. Kids who get almost everything they want typically don't
turn out to be very happy kids. Kids learn discipline, self-control, and how to
delay gratification when they are told "no" by their parents. It may be a
difficult struggle, but saying "no" and meaning it will help you to have happy,
healthy, and cooperative kids.

Rule #5 Hitting or Spanking Your Kids Doesn't Work

Rule #6 Treat Your Wife Extremely Well

Law #7 Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Rule #8 "Really" Listen to Your Kids

Rule #9 Give Your Kids Responsibility as They Grow Older

Rule #10 Tell Your Kids They're Great All the Time
It is especially important to tell them this when they're not at their best.
It's easy to tell them when things are going well. Make it a point to tell them
specifically what you think is great about them. This will be more meaningful
than generalized praise.

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