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Children need to be able to look up to and respect their parent. By the time your children reach adolescence, you can no longer discipline or mold the behavior of your child as much as you could earlier. What will keep them in line more than anything will be their respect for you and not wanting to hurt your feelings should ever find out about their misbehaviors. If they lose respect for you, they will lose respect for others as well as themselves and are headed for a lifetime of problems. Respect from your children has to be earned; it does not come automatically. Set a good moral example for your children to follow
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|