If you've been trying to teach your child to be kind, honest, and polite, it can be frustrating--and heart-wrenching--when he disappoints you. He swipes some coins from your dresser and swears he didn't. He teases a boy at the bus stop. He throws books when he gets angry. In fact, according to a recent study by Public Agenda, only 34 percent of parents say they feel they've been successful in teaching their kids self-control and self-discipline.
"There's no need to panic," says Parents adviser Michele Borba, Ed.D. "A child's moral growth is an ongoing process, and all kids slip up from time to time. You still have a tremendous influence on your child's behavior."
Copyright © 2004. Reprinted with permission from the March 2003 issue of Parents magazine.