News & Views - Aug,
1997 Issue #47
A FEW WORDS TO PARENTS
by: The Family Foundation School
Hancock, New York
taken from: Stepping Stone, The Family School Newsletter
March 1997, Vol. 12, Issue #2
Over the years staff members have sat in on hundreds of sessions between
parents and their children. From these sessions have come a list of suggestions to parents from their own children. These are not
offered as fool-proof formulas for successful parenting, but they may be helpful.
- Present a united front.
- Make reasonable consequences, ones that you can keep, then hold to them no matter what.
- Donít discuss rules with us or ask us if we agree with them or like them ó we donít,
but we need them.
- Donít be afraid to confront us in public if weíre being outrageous.
- Donít blame our friends, our school, or society for our trouble.
- Donít give up on us.
- Donít fix special meals for us, let us eat at separate times or in other rooms.
- Ask for telephone numbers of friends we say weíre going to stay with ó then call the
number to make sure weíre really there.
- Donít be afraid to invade our privacy. If weíre in trouble, you should read our letters,
check our closets, check our friends.
- Believe it or not, we want you to catch us, stop us, and outsmart us.
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