Here’s How I Raised My Young Kids To Be Successful Adults, And…She’s Super Successful

Want to raise young kids to be respectful and successful? Read my parenting tips to learn how I raised my daughter who’s independent, motivated, graduated high school early, and is an operating room nurse with a family, kids, and her own house by age 23.

7 Ways To Raise Young Kids To Be Successful Adults

Growing up, my little love, now RN (Register Nurse) and President of her graduating college class who delivered the best commencement speech ever –  Macy Elizabeth always exhibited compassion and goodwill.

Setting a good example is half of the battle but there’s another half to be fought.  As you can imagine, I am beyond proud to know that I got it (parenting) at least partially right! Yes, this was once my terrible two-year-old daughter Macy. You’re going to love #7!

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1. Don’t be fearful – parent your child.

Trust me, there were many things in parenting that I am and was a total failure at. Today, I feel like many parents take the easy way out because of the lack of time they spend with kids and for fear of disappointing them or not being liked. For this matter, I’m going to break out Richard Branson’s quote, “Screw it, let’s do it!”

2. Teach your child to respect you.

Do what? Make your child successful! They will not be able to do it on their own. They will NOT understand respect if you do not teach them to give respect. They will NOT like you along the way if they are not taught how to like you.

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If they pretend to love you all the time, especially in the teenage years, it’s because they are doing other things behind your back that you don’t know about. Be real. Be respected. Be a parent, not a friend.

As I recently visited a friend who had neighbors with kids running around like a herd of the heaviest African elephants in the apartment above me, I realized that parents today need to be validated.

Parents, as you read my short stories regarding my parenting of Macy, remember: there is NO right. You will hear “so-and-so’s parents don’t do that”, “you’re so mean”, “all of my friends get (blank)”! If your child doesn’t respect you, they will not respect themselves and they certainly will not respect anyone else.

Yes, when your child is disrespectful I and others will blame you! You are the ONE in charge. You have until your little Johny or Janie hits puberty to make your time and words count. Be effective!

3. You are the parent at this very time for a reason.

Ignore those thoughts and phrases coming from an elementary schooler or middle schooler. Ask yourself…who is raising who?

I was a young parent. Macy was born as I was at the end of my 19th year. For my southern friends out there, I will answer your question: No, I was not knocked up out of wedlock.

I was living with Macy’s father in my senior year of high school and my family thought it was terrible. At least once per week, I got a call from one of them begging me to do the right thing…just get married.

When I did get married, like all of my friends, I followed suit to get this baby thing out of the way. Man, I am glad I did…I could not have kept up with her (the baby) otherwise!

While I was pregnant, I begged God for a girl. He obliged with the most hard-headed, smartest, sweet pea you’ve ever laid eyes on. Let’s just say my most challenging moments of life to date involve Macy Elizabeth Tullis (now), Fortner.

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Here are just a few of the ways that we raised Macy at a young age that I believe led to her a successful college path and into a career of concern for others:

5. Answer a 4-year old’s questions as if they are adults.

When she was younger, she always asking questions, sometimes to the point of being annoying. We would pass “old Coot”, a homeless man that once walked the roads in and around Flowery Branch and Buford, Georgia. Macy always asked about him,

“Why is he alone mommy? Where does old Coot live? Where are his parents? Why does he need so much exercise?”

She would see a dilapidated house and tell me she would ask why it was in disrepair. I would ask her what she would do if someone gave her that house. She said she was going to “fix it up” for people like Coot because they needed someone to take care of them too.

I simply did my best to answer her question and provide another question for her little brain to think about, even when I just wanted peace and quiet. And yes, there were many days I probably said NOTHING. And there were more days than I can count that her great-grandmother, Gammy Green, a once aspiring school teacher stepped in to provide answers and even more questions.

6. Teach your kid to take care of themselves.

Honestly, I believe this starts at a very young age, like the potty training age. Kids are perfectly capable of wiping their own rear ends before preschool age. Don’t embarrass yourself or your kid by continuing to wipe their tails for them. Click here for my potty training list of items I send Macy for my grandson Fletcher.

Nor is it cute for them to  “need” their pacifiers past the age of 9 months.

Our pediatrician said to take the pacifier away for a week at 9 months and they’ll never want it again. He was right! After day 5 of her beloved pacifier being gone….she found one in her toy box and brought it to me and said “shew!” I let her throw it in the trash can and she did!

7. Continue on – click here to read 7 plus 4 more ways to raise young kids to be successful adults parenting tips. 


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Christi Tasker
Christi Tasker For more than 10 years, Christi Tasker was a nationally acclaimed award-winning retailer and interior designer. While she treasured and nurtured her gift boutique and interior design company, she ultimately discovered her true passion – MARKETING and BRANDING! With an eye for detail that only comes from a skilled and experienced designer, Christi learned the secrets to creating a clear, concise brand – one both unmistakable and unforgettable − that would stand out from the crowd. The interest in marketing and branding for businesses actually had its beginning in her family. As did many devoted moms, Christi shadowed her then eleven-year-old daughter, Macy, whenever she ventured online. On one particular day, Christi had an epiphany as she watched Macy scour MySpace for any news in the virtual world of “Webkinz.” Christi placed an order for those lovable furry friends, with their special codes for use with online games, and when they arrived, she shared the news on MySpace, not knowing at the time that she had crafted her first social media campaign. When the college gates went down on Facebook, Christi immediately became one of the first non-college friends of Facebook. And more than just a casual user, she quickly discovered a side of Facebook that only programmers knew about – The Facebook Developer − full of options and tools to help companies better use the web. Christi quickly recognized that marketers either needed to be formally educated about social media or needed a partner to manage their sites. She launched a social media marketing company, which today provides social media branding, strategy, monitoring and training worldwide. Before long, she realized her ability to keep up with her many social media accounts was hampered by the lack of a suitable tool to keep everything in one place. Christi decided the best way to do a job properly was to “do it yourself” and developed PuTTin’ OuT (Socially Accepted) a set of tools to moderate, manage, create, schedule, and publish content, and automatically engage people, all in a single package. In early 2009, Christi began traveling nationally as a social media expert speaker for various brands and businesses, and today is a sought-after social media keynote speaker at the foremost conferences worldwide. she also appears on NBC as a social media advisor/expert.
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