One of my biggest pet peeves in dealing with my children, with anyone really, is a bad attitude. It brings all negotiations to a stand still. This does not just apply to parent/children relationships but in every relationship we encounter in life. Teaching our children to have the right attitudes no matter what circumstances they find themselves in is very important because as adults you still find yourself dealing with many of the situations you had as a child only in a much larger scale.
Another very important issue to work through with your children is to get them to take their responsibilities seriously, to take care of their own work, whether is be homework, chores, or whatever involves them personally. It seems that we are in a world today that the issue of taking responsibility for oneself was not particularly well taught. Not only does the world suffer because of these individuals but they are going through life the hard way as well. You are not doing your children a favor by taking their responsibilities upon yourself. [Read more]