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During the past year, I have presented and discussed many of the principles and examples of good parenting skills. Much of that information was gleaned from actual experience with parents blended with various theoretical frameworks. I firmly believe that the most relevant and meaningful information has always come from the experience of actual parents.

So – this week I would like to draw on the wisdom and experiences of the Fab40 family. I know that there are many important principles and guidelines for child-rearing out there that have been learned through the real-life process of actually doing them. Some were probably learned the hard way – through mistakes. Now I want you to help educate me by sharing your wisdom.

Ready?

Imagine with me that you are in a room with a young pregnant woman. She is about 20 years old. She is there to seek your advice on raising her child. You only have about 20 minutes to spend with her.  

Although you know that there are thousands of things you would like to tell her – you will only have enough time to impart a few guidelines and suggestions. So you will have to boil your wisdom down to only the few that you feel are absolutely the most important elements of good child rearing.

What would you tell her?

**James is a Masters level Child Psychologist and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked with distressed families for 40 years. He is the author of the Seamus the Sheltie series of children's books that were designed to assist parents in discussing difficult issues with younger children. Both books have received multiple national awards from parenting organizations. Mr. Beverly has written and published articles on parenting in a variety of media.

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