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Moses

Who has the greatest influence on children?

Which of the following do children see as an attractive authority to follow:1- Their families.2- Their peers.3- The so called Entertainment Stars.4- The Education System (Teachers).5- Religious Leaders.6- Government Legislations (Politicians).7- One sided News.8- Violent video games.
Battaglia:

Normally number 3or 8, although it should be number 1..too many parents ignore, too many one parent households..although many single parents do fine ..still many kids look at celebrities and video games for some guidance..mis-lead usually.

Moses:

I think so too paulcon61, thank you for answering.

Battaglia:

Welcome..sad but to many kids the facts remain as I stated..parents are forced to work their butts off to give shelter and food..etc...kids have to rely on the television or games to get guidance it seems..

Moses:

Very true and the scary part there is a Global dimension to this problem. Wherever you go you will see it very clearly. I don't know what the solution is but we have a problem because for the most part it is promoting a culture of laziness and ungratefulness.

Battaglia:

I agree, it really shows in todays workforce..many young adults want the easy money and don't want to work for it..Not all mind you, but a vast majority from what I have encountered..

Moses:

My same experience too I am afraid.

Battaglia:

All we can do as caring "elders" today is try and give guidance and hope they follow some of the guidance we try and instill to them..still you will have the rebels who know it all...We did when we were younger right?

Moses:

You are absolutely right but I think for most of us it was education or straight to work, but today it seems more and more want to reject both, that is what is worrying me, because when you have a property of your own earned rightfully then one appreciate the good things in life and learn to be grateful. But you are spot on, hope, hope and more hope.

Mike:

Early years, parents or adult figure. In school, teachers and peer pressure.

Moses:

Thank you for that NANA, but when they go to school who do you think they listened to most? The parents, teachers or the dreaded peers?

Mike:

Early school, teachers. Around 6th grade I think their peers b/c they want to be accepted by them.

Battaglia:

I agree with Nana..in later school years peer pressure seems to take hold..have to be popular in todays society it seems or you aren't accepted..go against the "norm" and you are ostracized it seems..sad really.

Moses:

The problem is for us the parents, how can we reduce or counteract the negative influence of peers? I for sure don't know and all I can do is advice and hope.

Battaglia:

True you can only advise them and hope it sinks in..can't monitor all their activities all the time. Give support when they fail and praise when they excel...Parenting is a hard job..doesn't stop at 18 either...

Moses:

Very true paulcon61 and thank you very much for your answer and comments, very useful indeed.

Mike:

I learned being a good listener helps. I had high school kids talking to me when I was substituting about things their parents wouldn't listen to. If you're a good listener they will usually open up. My son would ask permission before he did anything he knew was against what he was taught. He's now 26, and still confronts me with issues he's unsure of.

Battaglia:

Welcome and I don't believe we have met..Paul here, take care and fight the good fight...

Moses:

We will do Paul, and thank you for making my first day very useful and interesting. Bye for now and see you around.

Battaglia:

Welcome and take it easy..hope to see you around...

Jodi:

Everyone and everything in their environment that comes across their path.....

Moses:

I agree but which one is the "most"?

Jodi:

Whichever the child concentrates the most on.....

Moses:

And that tend to be......

Doctor Woot:

1. Wish they still did.
2. I wanna be like my older brother
3. Me Me Me Me
4. I just go to keep my parents happy
5. I live for now I don't have time for religion
6. My parents can't lay a finger on me, I can have them put in jail
7. Who cares its all bad anyway
8. Oh this is great I get to kill and blow things up.
Sad as it is this is I hope some will understand my answer.

Moses:

Got you m60a3, and I agree but I was thinking about the "most" influential of them. Thanks for the clever answer.

Koko:

Unfortunately it's number 4. They're not educated, they're indoctrinated. It's starts in Kindergarten and never stops, all the way through college.

Moses:

Thank you for that seeker.

Valentin Alsina News:

believe it or not---parents are the greatest influence in a child's life-----oh sure all of those other areas do influence as well-----but parents just do not realise how much of an influence they have on their kids-----HUGE

Officertierney:

As a parent, I see first hand that a child's friends carry huge influence and basically dictate to a certain degree the different things a child will say, do, hairstyles, clothes, etc. The media plays a great role in this as well. Thankfully, if we have family members, teachers and religious leaders that can provide a moral compass, this will help our young people when it comes to making life decisions, large and small.

Surround your children with positive role models, have open, frank discussions concerning the issues of the day, and be watchful of the people your kids associate themselves with. The child you save may be your own.

Truefaith:

The parents, they are suppose to love you unconditionally, and if they (the parents dont love u .....ur screwed!!)

John P:

Machines, video games, computers, etc. Our youth no longer know how to play outside or enjoy the outdoors. They are missing the beauties of the earth. It is ashamed.

Knight:

I would have to say number 1.. the influence starts in the home what they see the parents do, act, and how they treat the child is who learn from and thus being the greatest influence.

Knight:

*how they treat the child is who THEY learn from...

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