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Parents: Those little faces you are wiping off after each meal with a wet washcloth now…will someday not need you to do that for them. They won’t need you to tuck them in at night and tell them when to take a nap.

There will come a day when they won’t have to take your advice and do what you say. But are you taking the time to rear them up to respect you and to value what you think? If so, then they WILL still value your opinions and they WILL still come to you for advice.

It takes time to cultivate that kind of rapport…but the time has to be spent with you…not a day care center or a baby sitter. It is well worth that kind of time.

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