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This piece was sent in by one of our readers and I know that some of the sentiments in it may upset some people but I think that it makes a lot of sense.   Parenting is a very diffficult task but without some sense of responsibility our younger people are at a greater risk.   Responsibility must start somewhere and I believe that that is in the home.

Mean Mums & Dad's

Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them, as my Mean Mum & Dad told me:

I loved you enough . . . to ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home.

I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that you're new best friend was a creep.

I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes.

I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes.  Children must learn that their parents aren't perfect.

I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.

But most of all, I loved you enough. . to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.  Those were the most difficult battles of all.

I'm glad I won them, because in the end you won, too.  And someday when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell them.

Was your Mum & Dad mean? I know mine was.  We had the meanest mother & father in the whole world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast.  When others had a Pepsi and a chocolate for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches.

And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from what other kids had, too.

Mum and Dad insisted on knowing where we were at all times.  You'd think we were convicts in a prison.  They had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them.  They insisted that if we said we would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.

We were ashamed to admit it, but they had the nerve to break the Child Labour Laws by making us work.  We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, and learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, and empty the trash and all sorts of cruel jobs.   I think they would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.

They always insisted on us telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  By the time we were teenagers, they could read our minds and had eyes in the back of her head. Then, life was really tough!

They wouldn't let our friend's just honk the horn when they drove up.   They had to come up to the door so she could meet them.  While everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we were 18.

Because of our parents we missed out on lots of things other kids experienced.   None of us have ever been caught shoplifting, vandalising other's property or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her fault.

Now that we have left home, we are all educated honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean parents just like Mum and Dad were.     I think that what is wrong with the world today is that it just doesn't have enough mean mums and dads!

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