What can we do to our children before they will become teenagers?

Philippines
February 27, 2007 12:31pm CST
Once our children become teenagers their peers become the primary influence on their lives.
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@nelltx (277)
• United States
27 Feb 07
The best thing that I can think of is to instill in our children a good moral compass, compasion toward other people, proper social skills, good work habits & manners. We have to teach them how to be good people & then pray that they take those values with them as they grow. I know that I ahve tried my hardest to give my children all those things. I have one teenager now & 2 other younger children. So far, my teenager has been a good kid & hasn't done anything that has rocked my world. (I am keeping my fingers & toes crossed that it stays that way.) All the things above are free & can be given to children in abundance. Each child has to chose their own path in life, but it is up to us as parents to give the proper foundation to walk on.
• Philippines
27 Feb 07
I believe I do feel the same way as you do. It is more likely that we, as parents, must prepare our children to dwell with our utmost support, guidance, ,encouragements, positive recognition and most importantly to intercede for them in daily prayers and take them closer to the Lord Jesus.
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• Philippines
24 Mar 07
Hi! i have 2 small children right now, a girl 7 and a boy 3. Everyday i show them that i care for them and love them, i try to show it in the little everyday things that we go through. I want them to feel safe and secure and most of all, loved no matter what. Because we as fathers and providers might get too wrapped up with work that we tend to neglect what is most important in our worldly existence, our family. Then one day we might realize that our kids have grown up and we feel that we have distanced ourselves from them, and basically we missed out on the years they were growing up. At this point, my kids see me as their idol, they get all excited when we come home from work...i want to keep it that way as long as reasonably possible. So everyday, i tell them i love them and i hug them because sooner or later they wont want that anymore, all they want is to be with their friends. Even 1 minute spent with our child doing something that they truly enjoy with you, they will carry with them for the rest of their life, even if at that time you think that your are wasting time instead of doing something else more productive.
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@bowtieguy (5930)
• United States
22 Oct 07
similar to my comment in you other thread, we must respect our children and in return we will get that respect from them and it will help to mold them in to responsiable young adults capable of making grown up decsisions on their own with a little guidence from their parents every now and again and they will appriciate you for it.