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    Open letter to parents

    Ok, I am not the pefect parent, nor are my children perfect. Also, I don't expect anyone else to have perfect children because they are all...well...children.

    Dear all parents of children less than 15 years old,

    Here are some thoughts that have been on my mind for a while. Enjoy.

    Because your children are hyper, unruly and disobediant does not mean they are "bright for their age". It means they are hyper, unruly and disobediant. And you are "slow for a parent". And because you can't controll them doesn't mean they are ADHD.

    Your children are not the most precious resource on the planet. Air and water fill that role nicely. Nor are they fragile little beings. Resist the urge to protect them at all costs unless, of course, you plan to fight their battles for them when they are 54 year old.

    The word "NO" will not harm your children in any way. In fact, not hearing "no" enough causes more harm. Give it a try a few times.

    When you TELL your child to do something stop saying "Trevor please...." or "Hilliary please....". That's called asking. You are the parent, tell them what you want them to do/not do.

    Self esteeme is not the holy grail.

    Competition is not bad. You better get them used to it now. Their future boss thanks you.

    Children will not die if they are not involved in 15 after school activities at once. One at a time will suffice. If you choose to haul Chance and Dakota to every last activity you forefit your right to complain about traffic, the price of gas or how you don't have enough family time.

    Try words like grounded, punished, disciplined, taught a lesson and rebuked. Spanking is a good one also but I understand not everybody agrees with it. "Time out" is for football games not grooming children into adults.

    If the school teacher punishes your child consider that the teacher may be right and your kid was out of line. Kids in school are generally monsters so chances are good your innocent little Chyanne needed to be disciplined.

    Resturants are for eating not for your child to perform. If that were the case TGIF Fridays would have a stage.

    Children should play. This involves injury, physical contact and a pretty good chance of something exploding. "Play dates" are chances for stay-at-home moms to hang out. Children do not need 24/7 supervision to perform what used to be called playing.

    What happend to names like Mike, Bill, Sam, Mary, Sally, and Meg? Were they outlawed and I missed it?

    As you prepare to delete this rant from your memory banks, try to store away this one little nugget. Your sole job as a parent is to prepare your children to be successfull adults. I am tired of having to pay the price because you found it easier to be little Dace's best friend instead of being a parent.
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    There's a kid named "Dace"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WilyMoROCKS View Post
    There's a kid named "Dace"?
    Mrs Ltlabner is a teacher and has worked at the local YMCA for 13 years. You'd be completly shocked by some of the odd, goofy and down-right bizzare names some kids are shackled with.
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    I simply don't have access to a "cares about RBI" place in my psyche. There is a "mildly curious about OBI%" alcove just before the acid filled lake guarded by robot snipers with lasers which leads to the "cares about RBI" antechamber though. - Nate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner View Post
    Mrs Ltlabner is a teacher and has worked at the local YMCA for 13 years. You'd be completly shocked by some of the odd, goofy and down-right bizzare names some kids are shackled with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redsfanmia View Post
    My favorite is FeMale.
    When I was in college my next door nursing student neighbors came home one night from the hospital nearly hysterical. Seems a woman had given birth to a baby girl and named her <drum roll> Vagina.

    Somewhere in Illinois there is now a 27 year old Vagina walking around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creek14 View Post
    When I was in college my next door nursing student neighbors came home one night from the hospital nearly hysterical. Seems a woman had given birth to a baby girl and named her <drum roll> Vagina.

    Somewhere in Illinois there is now a 27 year old Vagina walking around.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner View Post
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    What happend to names like Mike, Bill, Sam, Mary, Sally, and Meg? Were they outlawed and I missed it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoydsOfSummer View Post
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    i don't have any children, but that would be my mantra...it worked for my parents

    have you ever noticed parents who give the kid the countdown to three...unfortunately, the kid has no fear of the parent, since they know nothing will ever happen after 2 1/2...i have no respect for the countdown...complete waste of time and energy
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red in Chicago View Post
    i don't have any children, but that would be my mantra...it worked for my parents

    have you ever noticed parents who give the kid the countdown to three...unfortunately, the kid has no fear of the parent, since they know nothing will ever happen after 2 1/2...i have no respect for the countdown...complete waste of time and energy
    We do that and it works just fine, thank you.
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    Couple of my favorite sayings to my daughter when she was/is growing up(she's 16 now)

    1) She was whiny in the age 3-4 range. I would remind her by asking "Would you like some cheese with that?"
    2) When she got older and would get self-absorbed I would admonish her with "It's not all about you".

    Kids will misbehave, make mistakes, etc. I think the most important thing a parent can teach in this age of narcissism is to teach their children there's a lot more to life than analyzing how it affects them personally. I have tried to give her a vision being outward focused on others and instead of inward focused on herself. Then again that issue is one that is a constant struggle for adults(including myself), excepting those who don't care that they are completely self-absorbed.

    I have never tried to be my daughter's best friend, that is not my role. If they don't appreciate you for it now they likely will later. By my late teens I was certain my parents were the two dumbest and most backward people I had ever met. Somehow by my mid 20s they managed to get a lot smarter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyer85 View Post
    ... I think the most important thing a parent can teach in this age of narcissism is to teach their children there's a lot more to life than analyzing how it affects them personally. I have tried to give her a vision being outward focused on others and instead of inward focused on herself. Then again that issue is one that is a constant struggle for adults(including myself), excepting those who don't care that they are completely self-absorbed.

    That sounds like wonderful advice. I wish very much to impart that kind of thinking on my daughter as she is growing up (she just turned 5).
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    One thing I'll add is let your kids struggle a little bit. Sometimes you need to be in over your head a little bit to find out you can go places you didn't think you could go.

    Of course, your job as a parent is to not let it go too far. But letting it go a while builds a little character.

    And teach them how to speak to adults in a coherent, respectful, and polite fashion. And use Mr. and Mrs. (I think I'm in the minority on this though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    And teach them how to speak to adults in a coherent, respectful, and polite fashion. And use Mr. and Mrs. (I think I'm in the minority on this though).
    I think I did a thread on this at one point.

    What amazes me is going to college now and having professors say "Do not call me Mr. or Professor, my name is 'Joe' ", or whatever.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ltlabner
    Because your children are hyper, unruly and disobediant does not mean they are "bright for their age". It means they are hyper, unruly and disobediant. And you are "slow for a parent". And because you can't controll them doesn't mean they are ADHD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    And teach them how to speak to adults in a coherent, respectful, and polite fashion. And use Mr. and Mrs. (I think I'm in the minority on this though).
    I still call everybody Mr. and Mrs. if they're not my direct equal in a work setting. I cannot get out of it. And I've never had a problem with questioning authority or that kind of thing, but this is one thing I guess was just drilled into me. It actually drives people nuts that they can't break me of it. It's a sign of the times, Roy; that's just how people are addressed these days.

    I also can't get rid of ma'am or sir, and that I think comes from waitressing. I call the gas station attendant sir, I call everybody sir. It's ironic because I hate it when people call me ma'am, but I can't get out of this either.

    I dunno about all this stuff...I'm no parent, but all my little cousins are very good kids and i think it's almost as much what they see as what they're taught. My aunts and uncles are respectful and considerate of each other, of other people, of the kids even. Kids pick up on that. they're well-disciplined too, I guess. Some of them have Italian names...would those be considered weird?
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