Good Parenting leads to Success, or does it?

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As an educator and administrator in the public school setting, I work with students from all walks of life. Some of my students come from  single parent homes, some are being raised by their grandparents, and others come from a household where both their mother and father are present. There is an African proverb that states: “It takes a Village to raise a child…” When you look back over your life span, who were the people or role models that made an impression upon you? Also, with all of the social networking, cyber-bullying, teenage violence and drug abuse, how would you coach a young student in this day in time?

Question of the Day

What advice would you give a friend who is trying to raise a young woman or man in this society? Please list the top 5 things every child/student needs to have in place to become a successful individual, both internally and externally. Dr. Ricks

Author: lamoric

3 Responses to "Good Parenting leads to Success, or does it?"

  1. Parnell Posted on November 11, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Who were my role models that made an impression on me? …every adult I who was responsible for looking after me and who was responsible for teaching me. With all of the social networking, cyber-bullying, teenage violence and drug abuse, I offer myself as an advisor in a child’s life. An advisor is only there when you feel like you need him or her. It is the role that parents eventually accept when their children are of legal age and don’t have to listen to you. Every child in the eyes of legal authority must be advised not parented. I would advise a friend who is trying to raise a child today to be an advisor and have a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, principal, teacher, pastor, guidance counselor on hand for advise because you might end up in jail if you try to do it your way. The 5 things that a child needs to have in place to become a successful individual are believe in God, an education, guidance by an adult, goals, and a plan.

    • lamoric Posted on November 12, 2013 at 3:27 am

      Would you say that these individuals represent the new Village? Would your comment confirm the African proverb? What many of us overlook is that it could be the “wrong” village that is raising our children.

  2. womanoffaith Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I would say the top 5 things that children need is to be explicitly taught about God, not only to explicitly teach, but to model your faith in God, your dependence on God, and your relationship with God. The next thing would be an involved parent, to try to talk to your child – even when they’re not really responding to you, to monitor what they are doing on the computer, on their iPod, on their phone. Try to connect with another person who has like values as you that your child might listen to – sometimes they will listen to the same message that you’re delivering just because it’s being delivered by a different person. Children also, especially in their teenager years, need you to actively guide them toward their future, by helping them to set goals and work toward them. They are so short-sided at this age, that they can only see the here and now and not the impact that their choices today have in the future. Finally, I think you have to frankly discuss the challenges and temptations that face children today, pornography, drugs, alcohol, sex, etc. It takes a lot of work, but it’s worth it. Even if they don’t receive it now. Hopefully, it will permeate their spirit!

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