I was raised by a military father. I was quick to obey. I soon learned with my own children that all little ones do not respond that way. I learned quickly that I could not raise my children the way I was raised. The world has changed and I needed to learn how to be a parent. Some of the great lessons I have learned will be posted here and hopefully they will be of some help to you as you journey through parenthood.
One of the things I learned early on, was that when I was trying to teach my children, my attitude was one of the most important elements. Elder David McConkie (Ensign Nov 2010) said that "what matters most in learning is attitude..attitude of the teacher" ( and in this case the attitude of the parent.) If I want to be able to teach my children and have them learn then I need to have a good attitude. He tells the story of an elderly Danish man who was called to teach a class of 15 year olds. This teacher had a great deal of difficulty with the language and with his ability to teach but the boys "could have warmed their hands by the fire of his faith."
I wanted my children to be able to warm their hands by the fire of my faith and my love for them. This will be our journey--to find ways to build that fire to warm their hearts with our love and faith.