The Toughest Job on Earth
collection of parenting information compiled by Mr. Tim Harrison
school counselor - Francis Scott Key:
"You have to walk the walk and
not just talk the talk".
I often tell students here at FSK that it is tough being a teenager
in society today. I also add that the next toughest thing to do is parent
Being the parent of three teens myself (161/2, 15, 13), I have learned
first hand that “ more is caught than is taught”. That is simply to say
that as parents we must be good role models for our kids.
If we want our teens to make right moral decisions, we ourselves must
provide that example.
I believe that there are four major areas of our life that we need to
keep in order so as to provide a good example to our children.
• Physical (we must take care of our physical body)
• Mental (we must take control of our mind and emotions)
• Social (we must be good citizens and care about others)
• Spiritual (We must provide ourselves & family with a moral compass)
Consistency is the key. The “do as I say and not as I do” philosophy
does not work with teenagers.
• Be proactive by taking care of our bodies, exercise, eat right and
eliminate the vices.
• Take care of our minds and emotions. We cannot make decisions or
live our lives based on emotions. Make informed life decisions based
• Follow the Golden Rule, do unto others……. You know what I mean.
• Parents must provide a sound moral foundation based on something
bigger than ourselves.
Respect for authority is not something that can be demanded. It is
something we command by our mode of life and our consistent behavior
in our children’s
While traveling the difficult road of parenting it will be easier
to steer our teens in the right direction if we as adults obey the
of the road.
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