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12 Commandments for Parents

By Annette Lucas

An important factor in a child's education is the parents'

expertise for this "job". No one is born holding all the

knowledge, but we can learn and understand some things from

books or advice from qualified persons.

Among the commandments a parent should strictly follow are

the following:

1. Do not underestimate your child - he can understand more

than you think he does and if you make him believe you

think poorly of him this might affect his development.

2. Don't use threat - a child loves a challenge and once

threatened he might probably go on and do what he wasn't

suppose to just to see if he can escape the punishment.

3. Do not bribe your child - if you are trying to get him

to learn (work, be quiet, etc.) for money (candy, tv time,

etc.) he will fail to understand the importance of

learning, all he will get from this is the importance of


4. Do not make a small child promise something - small

children can't understand the concept of promises so don't

force them to lie and then punish them because they did.

5. Do not keep them on a short leash - to grow up normally

children need some space, some freedom and room to make

mistakes. Some of the biggest lessons we learn are from

the mistakes we've made in the past.

6. Do not use big words or too many words when you are

talking to your child - keep your ideas simple and concise

so he can understand every thing you have to say.

7. Do not expect immediate and blind obedience - it is not

recommended, a child needs to learn to think on his own not

to follow orders.

8. Do not indulge him too much - he needs to experience the

feelings of self-confidence and self-respect the rewards of

a "job well done" offer.

9. Do not compromise when it comes to the rules of a game -

the trick for a game to become educational is to have its

initial rules respected.

10. Don't impose rules that don't go with the age of your


11. Do not try to inflict guilt - guilt is not an

appropriate feeling for children, especially if they are


12. Don't give your child orders that you don't take

seriously - your child will try to please you and giving

him an order is drastic, and it becomes cruel if that order

is a joke.

All these "commandments" are addressed first to the parent.

But they are to be referred to by teachers and educators as

well. Along with the parents, they will instill an attitude

and strategy for the education and growth of the child, so

that they can give him all the things he needs to properly

develop emotional and physically.

About The Author

Annette Lucas is a stay at home mom who has quit her

factory job and will never look back. She believes we are

given one chance to watch our children grow up. For most

of us, the only choice is work from home. Annette is an

independent broker with AmeriPlanUSA. For more information

on her, please visit or

email her at


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