My mom gave me this ratty and torn up piece of paper – complete with phone numbers written on it.
“I thought you might want to read this,” she said.
I read it over and thought it was a great message to share with my readers. This comes from The Washingtonian, which I had to Google, and I have no idea where or how my mom got this.
I hope you enjoy the read.
17 Memos From Your Child:
1. Don’t spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not have all I ask for – I’m only testing you.
2. Don’t be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It makes me feel more secure.
3. Don’t let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages.
4. Don’t make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me behave stupidly “big”.
5. 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.
6. Don’t make me feel that my mistakes are sins. It upsets my sense of values.
7. Don’t protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way sometimes.
8. Don’t be too upset when I say, “I hate you.” It isn’t you, but your power to thwart me.
9. Don’t nag. If you do, I have to protect myself by appearing deaf.
10. Don’t take too much notice of my small ailments. Sometimes they get me the attention I need.
11. Don’t make rash promises. Remember I feel badly let down when promises are broken.
12. Don’t be inconsistent. That completely confuses me and makes me lose faith in you.
13. Don’t put me off when I ask questions. If you do, you will find that I stop asking and seek my information elsewhere.
14. Don’t ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me too great a shock when I discover that you are neither.
15. Don’t forget I love experimenting. I could not get on without it, so please put up with it.
16. Don’t forget how quickly I am growing up. It must be very difficult for you to keep pace with me, but please try.
17. Don’t forget that I can’t thrive without lots of understanding love, but I don’t need to tell you, do I?
– The Washingtonian