1. These are people's children - treat them as I expect my own to be treated
  2. I could be the only positive male role model they encounter - act accordingly
  3. Everyone learns at different speeds and in different ways
  4. Some of these kids are dealing with things I can't even fathom - keep an open mind and a kind heart
  5. No matter what, I have to remember I'm the grown up (even though it's sometimes really hard)