1. My young children are my responsibility in every sense of the word. I (and my spouse) have the authority to make all decisions regarding them; We are in charge, but we can also choose to abdicate this authority.
2. If I don’t like the way my children are turning out, I have the ability to change that. Starting Today.
3. If I can’t stand being around my own kids, chances are good no one else can either. Refer to #2.
4. Children need understanding and praise, and I am the primary one to provide these.
5. Children need discipline and boundaries, and I am the primary one to provide these.
6. It is impossible to love my kids too much. Smother? Spoil? Yes, but neither of those is actually love. Refer to #4 and #5.
7. My children need my spouse and me and our influence in their lives. There is no substitute for loving parents and a supportive home environment.
8. Sometimes I need a break from my children and vice versa. Sometimes I may even need caffeine, chocolate, and a seratonin booster.
9. My children will become a product of their home and educational environments. Combining the two provides an incredible launching pad for future success! Refer to #7.
10. It doesn’t take a village to raise my child. Refer to all of the above.
About the Author
Joanne Calderwood has been called America’s Homeschool Mom. She is an underwhelmed Mom of eight great kids, owner of URtheMOM.com, and an author and columnist. Her new book, The Self-Propelled Advantage: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Independent, Motivated Kids Who Learn with Excellence, enables parents to teach their kids to teach themselves with excellence.