I decided I will share some of my techniques in parenting...
1- Always let your children help in the kitchen! If you shoo them out when they're young, they won't want to help (or won't know HOW to help) when they're older. Don't 're-do' what they did because you think it's not good enough!
Side note: Today Danni and I were rolling our tortillas and singing church songs. One song was about returning to Heavenly Father. She said, "That's where I'm going! I'm going to be with Heavenly Father again, it's been years since I've seen Him."
2- Expect them to follow through, once a 'safety net' is provided, then they'll always think you'll get them out of a bind. It might be an 'F' in school, but that's better than an adult who can't take responsibility later.
3- Mud won't kill them, and most of the time it washes out. Let your kids play in the mud! Let them explore their world. I watched Danni on the way into a dentist's office step straight into a puddle, and it looked like fun!
4- Get real! Kids can handle most truths, so don't sugar coat things. Especially when it comes to the sex talk!
5- Let them dress themselves. I had to go around with kids in cowboy boots and shorts, or plaid shirts with stripped pants, or hair that was self styled and decorated with all my kids. Let them be! That's where their personality develops.
6- Play, sing, read, and laugh with your child!
That's all for now - do you have any to add? -any tips for teenagers would be greatly appreciated:-)