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The Art of Raising a Child Many parents believe that a child comes into this world as a tabula rasa a blank slate They think it is their task to mold the child in order to make him or her into a decent human being If it wasnt for them controlling their childs behavior likes dislikes appetite and sleeping pattern they fear the kid would turn into an anti-social sleep-deprived and under-nourished beast When little Andy wants to play with his toys by himself a strong voice of reason needs to inform him that a good boy shares with Cousin Kurt And if he doesnt do so voluntarily the toy is taken away from him This teaches him that sharing is good When Baby Tina refuses to eat her spinach she is not to leave the dinner table until her plate is squeaky clean She now understands that iron is vital for her body When the little ones are running and screaming in the hallway they are told to walk slowly and play quietly Suddenly we have created well-mannered soft-spoken and gracefully striding creatures Have we really Or are we creating the opposite of what we intended The most important rules of parenting are often unknown or overlooked 1 Respect Your Child Treat your child the way you want to be treated The fact that Tommys body is smaller doesnt make him less of a person He has feelings concerns and opinions Value dont invalidate them No child is ever too small to deserve your respect 2 Grant Your Child the Right to Own Once you have given Tammy the doll it is hers--irrevocably Let her toss it drown it sever its head Do not force her to share it How would you like to have your toy taken away from you When your company provides you with that fully equipped BMW does this oblige you to let Neighbor Bob drive it
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