A Memo from Your Child

As parents, we forget what it was like to be a child. After all, that was more than a few years ago and we have new responsibilities and concerns today. Wouldn't it make parenting a lot easier if our children could send us a little reminder?

  1. Don't spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for. I'm only testing.

  2. Don't be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It lets me know where I stand.

  3. Don't use force with me. It teaches me that power is all that counts. I will respond more readily to being led.

  4. Don't be inconsistent. That confuses me and makes me try harder to get my way.

  5. Don't make promises; you may not be able to keep them. That will discourage my trust in you.

  6. Don't fall for my provocations when I say and do things just to upset you. Then I'll try for more such "victories."

  7. Don't be too upset when I say "I hate you." I don't mean it, but I want you to feel sorry for what you have done to me.

  8. Don't make me feel smaller than I am. I will make up for it by behaving like a "big shot."

  9. Don't do things for me that I can do for myself. It makes me feel like a baby, and I may continue to put you in my service.

  10. Don't correct me in front of people. I'll take much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private.

  11. Don't try to discuss my behavior in the heat of conflict. For some reason my hearing is not very good at this time and my cooperation is even worse. It is all right to take the action required, but let's not talk about it until later.

  12. Don't try to preach to me. You'd be surprised how well I know what's right and wrong.

  13. Don't make me feel that my mistakes are sins. I have to learn to make mistakes without feeling that I am no good.

  14. Don't nag. If you do, I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf.

  15. Don't demand explanations for my wrong behavior. I really don't know why I did it.

  16. Don't tax my honesty too much. I am easily frightened into telling lies.

  17. Don't forget that I love and use experimenting. I learn from it, so please put up with it.

  18. Don't protect me from consequences. I need to learn from experience.

  19. Don't take too much notice of my small ailments. I may learn to enjoy poor health if it gets me much attention.

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