(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)
1. How can I best show you (demonstrate) that I love you?
2. I will make mistakes — and I won’t know it at the time — as I raise you. Are you willing to forgive me?
3. The biggest responsibility of a parent is to protect their children, regardless of your view on how much or little you need protection.
4. The kinds of things that I will point out to you really matter — you may not think so at the time, but they do matter.
5. I am trying to soften how I come across to you. Will you help me?
6. I love you dearly and that will never change.
7. You have gifts and strengths which are worth respecting and even orienting your life around.
8. You will notice that other parents talk and listen with their children differently than we do. If you discover a better way for us to be with you, will you share that with us?
9. We’re in this together.
10. Thank you for being my child (parent, sibling).
Copyright 1995 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.