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Old 06-04-2009, 08:25 PM
 
Location: USA
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Hmmm I read the article she posted and would not let my kids read this unless they had good reason too. I agree with NCYank it is a bit over the top. Sometimes using reverse psychology can backfire on you. I think educating your child on this great but it has its limits. There are far more dangers out there other than smoking to teach them about. If your going to make them read articles about smoking then maybe you should have them read articles about peer pressure, Guns, Gangs, Sexual Predators/Rape, Drinking, Drugs, Sex, eating disorders, .. etc....etc.. etc.. Teach them positivity and self-esteem, teach them how to stand up and not give in to external force. By giving them a strong self-image will help them in life choices. A parent’s role in supporting a child to develop a healthy self image and high self-esteem cannot be stressed enough. Children should be praised for their accomplishments (even the smallest ones), and encouraged to learn from their errors, instead of making them feel inadequate or like they failed. Little things, like telling them how unique and special they are and praising their talents, can significantly help a child trust their abilities and provide the motivation to work hard to succeed in any task. Making them read this article over and over in time could scare them which would be good for you or they could rebel against you and do it anyway.
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Of course they need self-esteem and so on....and I try to give them that. Reading this anti-smoking article, is only a very small part of what I do as a parent. Yes, we still need to be good parents, we don't need to try to terrify our children.

But I don't think the truth is scary - I think not knowing the truth, is much scarier. If you know what I mean.......
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Old 06-05-2009, 08:07 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Of course they need self-esteem and so on....and I try to give them that. Reading this anti-smoking article, is only a very small part of what I do as a parent. Yes, we still need to be good parents, we don't need to try to terrify our children.

But I don't think the truth is scary - I think not knowing the truth, is much scarier. If you know what I mean.......
I understand what you mean. We always hope for the best for our children. And I agree the truth is scary. Shoot the world is a scary place this day and age. How old are your kids?
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