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I must say that much of my parenting skills (or lack thereof) was learned and is being learned on the job. I came across this today and kept saying to myself how true each of these lines were. I thought I'd share with the parents or parents to be of this board.

Child To Parent

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

Don't be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It makes me feel more secure.

Don't let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages.

Don't make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me behave stupidly "big."

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

Don't protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way sometimes.

Don't take too much notice of my small ailments. I am quite capable of trading on them.

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 forget that I cannot explain myself as well as I would like. That is why I am not always very accurate.

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

Don't be inconsistent. That completely confuses me and makes me lose faith in you.

Don't put me off when I ask questions. If you do you will find I will stop asking and seek information elsewhere.

Don't tell my fears are silly. They are terribly real, and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand.

And please...

Don't neglect me; I do not want to be a delinquent.

Edited by SQUEEGEE
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