A Message From Children To Their Parents

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 be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It lets me know where I stand.

Don’t use force with me. It teaches me that power is all that counts.

Don’t be inconsistent. That confuses me and makes me try harder to get away with everything that I can.

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

Don’t be too upset when I say, “I hate you!” I don’t mean it, but I want you to know and feel sorry for what you have done to me.

Don’t make me feel smaller than I am. I will make up for it by behaving like a “big shot”.

Don’t do things for me that I can do for myself. It makes me feel like a baby, and I may continue to lean on you when I should be doing things for myself.

Don’t let my “bad habits” get too much attention. It only encourages me to continue.

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

Don’t make me feel that my mistakes are huge sins. I have to learn to make mistakes without feeling that I am a worthless person.

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

Treat me the way that you treat your friends, then I will be your friend, too.

Anonymous, Late 1970’s

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About jeneanecommonplacebook

What Is a Commonplace Book? A commonplace book is someone’s personal collection of quotes, witticisms, observances, poems, and even graffiti that have inspired them, made them laugh or touched them in some way. Many famous people throughout history have had commonplace books, such as Thomas Jefferson, John Milton, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and the scientist, Carl Linnaeus. I began my commonplace books while I was in junior high school in the early 1970’s and so I have almost 50 years of quotes about such a wide variety of topics told in ways more eloquent, wise or humorous than anything I could ever come up with. And it’s wonderful that in this type of blog, I can also include some of my favorite artists and their artwork as well. I'm almost 60 years old with a daughter, 3 granddaughters, and a kitty-cat. I live in beautiful Bay City, MI. I have 2 associate degrees with additional college credits and hopefully I will be able to complete my goal of obtaining my Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. (Life keeps getting in the way). I enjoy literature, horse racing, baseball, NFL football, The Olympics, astronomy, history (particularly Irish), art, old movies, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Unit One, science, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, U2, The Doors, oh and so much more! I have very eclectic and prolific interests. If you would like to check out my personal writings, please go to jeneanebehmeswritings.wordpress.com
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