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I am starting to realize that I am a pretty good mother even though I have done many mistakes.  My chidren are grown now and have their own lives.  I can see how their lives are affected by the way they were raised.  When my children were young my husband and I had very low incomes.  It has always been hard living from paycheck to paycheck.  Both my kids had busy productive lives growing up.  (band, sports, 4-H, etc.)  When they both turned 14 they both had jobs (either babysitting, washing dishes at a restaurant, etc.) so they could afford their own clothes, car, etc.  They have both been very responsible and not afraid to work.  They both have major respect for their elders.  They are polite and treat older people with respect and love.  They are both very compassionate people and I am proud of them.  After working at BOCES a few years I have noticed that many teenagers in high school  lack job ambition and work ethics.  They also have no respect for authority.  The thing that really bothers me is they have no clue.  I try to explain to them that they need to respect people more and they do not understand.  It boggles my mind.  I love these kids and want to help them in their lives but I can't seem to get through to them.  The worst part is that the kids with the worst attitudes are the ones that think they are doing everything right.  I am hoping that I will continue to get enlightened about how to get through to them.  I only want to seem them truly happy in their lives. 

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reply to esthercaldwell

I think you are doing just fine. At least you are teaching them responsibility. There are alot of things I did wrong and I wasn't strict enough with chores, etc., but they learned something good somewhere along the line. Believe me, they are not perfect but I still like what I see. My daughter actually told me that she is so glad that I taught her how to be independent and be able to take care of herself. It surprised me because I always thought I never did enough. Maybe parents do way too much for their children and that's why they aren't responsible and have no respect for people.

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