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Thursday, March 18, 2010

A memo to parents from a child


Don't spoil me, I know quite will 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 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 help it. I'll take much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private.

Don't make me feel that my mistakes are sins. It upsets my sense of values.

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

Don't be too upset when i said "i hate you". Sometimes it isn't you i hate but your power to hurt me.

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

Don't put me off when i ask questions. If you do, You will find that i stop asking and seek my information elsewhere.

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

Don't even suggest that you are perfect. It gives me too great shock when i discover that you are not.

Don't forget i love experimenting. I couldn't get along with it, so please put up with it.

Don't forget that i am growing up. It must be really difficult for you to keep pace with me but please try.

Listen to me and give me brief, clear answers to my questions. Then i will keep sharing my thoughts and feelings.

Reward me for telling the truth. Then i am not frightened into lying.

Understand that i am growing up and changing very fast. It must be difficult to keep pace with me, but please try.

Pay Attention to me and spend time with me. Then i can believe that i am important and worthwhile.

Do the things that you want me to do. Then i have a positive model.

Compliment and Appreciate me. Then i will feel good, and i will want to continue to please you.

Help me explore my unique interests, talents, skills and potentials. In order for me to be happy, I need to be me. And not you. Or someone you want me to be.

Trust and Respect me. Even though i am smaller than you, I have feelings and needs like you.

Be and individual and create your own happiness. Then you can teach me the same and i can live a happy, successful and fulfilling life.

Please keep your self fit and healthy.


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