We parents need to know our kids in every aspect of their lives and be aware of any change in their behavior. Life has many roads. Kids need lots of attention. Spend lots of time to love them unconditionally and give your kids encouragement mixed with love, which they might not get from peers at school. Teachers have a big enough job to teach. Parents need to be very involved; otherwise, things will go awry. If kids don't feel high regard and esteem of themselves at home, they won't feel it at school or in public and things go wrong. So take care, believe in your kids and give them tools to get their lives started on the right foot. Nip problems in the bud, don't go along, spoil them and then change 180 degrees in midstream. If parents don't raise their kids, society will.
Luanne Beebe, Oklahoma City