"The great thing about kids though, is that once you earn their respect, they'll give themselves over to you completely. That's when it's time to build them up as responsible and capable individuals."
This is the most important lesson I have learned from working with some difficult students for the past 3 years. The time spent building and earning the trust and respect comes back ten-fold and, as you say, once you have it, you have them. The things you can then accomplish are incredible.
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