Parents Must See-------------Memos from a child
January 27, 2007 6:16am CST
Don't spoil me.I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for...I'm only testing you. Don't correct me in front of people if you can help it.I'll take much more notice if you talk to me in private. Don't make me feel that my mistakes are sins.It upsets my sense ofvalues. Don't be too upset if I say"I hate you."It isn't that I hate you,but only that I need your attention. Don't protect me from consequence.I need to learn the hard way. Don't nag.If you do,I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf. Don't make rash promises.Remember that I feel badly let down when promises are broken. Don't be inconsistent.That completely confuses me and makes me lose my faith in you. Don't put off when I ask you questions.If you do,you will find that I stop asking and seek my information elsewhere. Don't ever suggest that you are perfect or in fallible.It gives me too great a shock when I discover that you are neither. Don't ever think it beneath your dignity to apologize to me.An honest apology makes me feel surprisingly warm to you. Don't forget how quickly I am growing up.It must be very difficult for you to keep pace with me but please try. Don't forget I love experimenting.I couldn't get along without it,so please put up with it. Don't forget that I can't thrive without lots of love.But I don't need to tell you all the time,do I?
• United States
27 Jan 07
I've never seen that before, thank you for posting it. I love it and I agree. I'm glad to see that I raised my son pretty much that way and I think it has paid off, he is a wonderful young man and I couldn't be prouder of him. He knows his parents aren't perfect but we are trying our hardest and love him more than anything. I wish all parents would take notice of this discussion - it might help them and their children in so many ways. Thank you again!