What makes some children act like little angels, while other children behave in exactly the opposite manner? According to Rabbi Shmuley, parents play the biggest role in determining whether a child will be "good" or "bad." He offers the following parenting guidelines to ensure your child turns out to be a good egg:
"Some theories believe children are born innocent, good and meek. Others believe that children are born narcissistic, mean-spirited and competitive. Both are wrong. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Children are born neither good nor bad, but neutral. Children will emulate our behavior. If we scream at home, they will scream at school. If we show a sense of woundedness toward the world, they will become victims. If we show love and model generosity, they will have large hearts. We must be conscious of the fact that our children are always listening and watching."
Published on June 24, 2008