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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.