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Great Expectations

By Cheri Fuller

Kids who succeed and overcome obstacles in school and life usually have one thing in common: They have at least one person in their life who had high expectations for them and provided support and structure for their dreams. Like Shavar, a little boy labeled "at risk" at school because of his unstable home and failing grades. He was shuttled among family members but when he was eleven his mother was murdered and he and his sister went to live with their grandma. She began working nights to pay for he and his sister to attend a private school because they lived in a bad area. She had high expectations for his behavior and insisted on homework and reading, all the while believing he could achieve.

Shavar didn't disappoint her. An A student, he attended college, graduated from Duke University with honors and became a lawyer. He had the inner drive but it was fueled by his grandma's belief in him and her guidance.

As the school year begins, one of the strongest influences on your child's achievement is your expectations. Studies show that kids remain loyal to parental expectations. If kids hear positive expectations—that they'll do well or they can meet the daily challenges—then they do much better in the classroom.

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Here are some ways to express positive expectations:

© Cheri Fuller
Cheri Fuller is an international speaker and award-winning author of forty two books including her newest, Mother-Daughter Duet: Getting to the Relationship You Want With Your Adult Daughter, The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional. She has also authored a number of books for moms like: The Mom You're Meant to Be, The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional, the bestselling When Mothers Pray, A Busy Woman's Guide to Prayer, Connect With Your Grandkids, as well as The One Year Book of Praying Through the Bible. Her books have been translated into many languages and her magazine articles and speaking ministry provide encouragement to moms throughout the U.S. and overseas.

A former Oklahoma Mother of the Year, Cheri has been a frequent guest on "Focus on the Family" and other national radio and TV programs. Her articles on prayer, family, marriage, and children have appeared in Focus on the Family, Family Circle, ParentLife, Guideposts, Today's Christian Woman, Better Homes & Gardens, and other publications.

Cheri's passion is encouraging women, mentoring moms, building families, and inspiring and equipping people to connect with God in their busy life so they can impact their kids and their world through prayer. Her ministry and course called "Parenting From Behind Bars" and gives hope and purpose to mothers in prison. She and her husband Holmes have three grown children, six lively grandchildren and live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Her website, includes a blog, articles, free Bible studies, encouragement, and more.


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