Firm Objectives In Parenting

Parents should have some firm objectives in mind that will help guide their child rearing efforts.

I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family. Often when I'm flying into Los Angeles International Airport at night, I look ahead to see the green runway lights that tell the captain where to land the plane. He knows that if he brings his craft down between those borders all should be well. In the same way parents need some runway lights; some guiding principles that will help them raise their children. Without a beacon or two to direct their flight they're blindly approaching a very complex and important task. It's my view that there are two principles; two objectives that can serve as runway lights to guide the entire parent-child relationship.

The first is to convey an awareness of love to our sons and daughters. Without it they wither like a plant without water. The second is equally important, but less commonly recognized. It's the need to teach our kids to respect our leadership as parents. The child's relationship with the loving authority of his parents sets the stage for his attitude for every other form of authority he will confront in life. With these two beacons firmly in place, your child has a good chance of making a successful flight and a safe landing beyond adolescence. I'm Dr. James Dobson for Focus on the Family.

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