Teaching Children How to Behave
A man called me to describe a conversation he'd just had with his five-year-old daughter:
Father: Good morning.
Child: I had a dream.
Father: Oh? What did you dream about?
Child: I dreamed that I was an adult.
Father: What did you do as an adult?
Child: I told my kids what to do.
It is our job as parents to teach our children how to behave—how to be responsible and loving, for example—in ways that will lead to greater happiness. We have to guide them, but we must remember the pivotal role of loving them. If we control them without love, they will be unhappy and will tend to do the same to their own children.
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