In this hurried day and age, parents may not be able to spend as much time with their children as they would like to.
Children are exposed to a myriad of opinions, many not good, via TV, radio, the public and peer pressure.
Unfortunately, some like to poke "fun" at people and/or kids who are not the same - be in hair color, skin color, height, weight, education or even socioeconomic class.
This weekend, while at a very large (and crowded) event, I noticed several children (and by children, these kids were maybe 12 to 14 years of age) jumping ahead of others, pushing through the crowd to get ahead and doing things that never in a million years would I (nor my child) ever dreamed of doing.
It was wonderful that parents (or grandparents) brought these kids to the event but manners were left at home.
As parents, we are tasked with being the keepers of tomorrow's future. A huge undertaking to be sure.
While many parents feel they need to be a friend to their child, believe me, children need parents too.
Children also easily duplicate what they see at home - take a close look at your actions and remember, your child uses your actions as examples of what is correct.