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There are so many things in the world that people do to help children. Many people volunteer to help children and some decide to raise a child. Out of all the things to do raising a child is most difficult, and also very rewarding. When an individual chooses to be a parent, he or she should have four traits: a positive lifestyle, stability, tolerance, and patience. Having these traits helps on the long road of effective parenting.

When an individual has a positive lifestyle, their child will look up to their parent. A positive lifestyle is good for a child because a parent is considered a role model. This means parents should have a job, a car, a place to live (a apartment or house), not abuse drugs or alcohol, and speak using manners. For example, if a child hears his parent cursing or using vulgar language the child is more likely to use it himself. Even if the child sees his parent working hard to make a good living, they are more likely to work hard to achieve the same thing.

"I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them, " said by Ian L. Fleming (1908-1964). The next trait an effective parent should have is stability. A child needs a daily routine and a nice warm home to live in. Having a daily routine helps a child to adjust to life in a positive way. For example, a child who goes to bed every night at 9.00 p.m., would do better in school than a child who does not go to bed at the same time every night. This is because the child that does not have a regular bedtime cannot focus in what they should. It is also important for a parent to have consistency so that they can live life without a lot of stress.

Tolerance has to be another trait an effective parent should have. This is when a parent is able to adjust to any hardships in the parenting experience. For example, a parent who has a special needs child will have to realize, that child requires a lot of special attention. There is a young man named Michael, who is develop- mentally disabled and is considered



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