The Ten Commandments For Parents

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I will appreciate my children for who they are, not for who I want them to be.

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I will relate to each child as an individual, instead of as "the kind."

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I will take good care of myself as a person, and not live my life through my children.

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I will acknowledge each and every little acceptable behavior, not just the "biggies."

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I will give my children as many "facts" as I am able, and trust them to weigh these facts and make responsible decisions.

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I will not allow my children to use or abuse me for I know this will damage them.

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Knowing that my children are on a short-term loan to me, I will introduce them to every possible responsibility, so that they won't be too shocked at "independence."

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I will let my children know that I love them unconditionally, whether I like their decisions or not.

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I will allow my children to face the consequences of their own actions and not constantly protect them, as I know I will want to do.

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I will feel successful when I am no longer needed as a parent.

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