#1 = Example
Being the example for your child is one of the most important parts for the training process. The whole “do as I say not as I do” mentality does not work for children. We have mentioned before what brilliant mimics they can be. There have been many times working in the residential program, where parents come in discussing the behavior problems of their children and are shocked to discover how influential they have been in that negative behavior. I have even had one parent disgusted with their child’s foul language. They exclaimed through expletives, I’m just not sure where they get it from! We need to always be aware that we are setting the example for our children’s behavior for better or worse. Through out the training process we need to model the expectations we have for our children.
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