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My Parent's Taught Me It's Okay to Say No... And Other Valuable Parenting Lessons
It took growing up and having kids of my own to learn how valuable my mom and dad were to me as parents. Now I try to emulate their parenting style, which I swore as a child I would NEVER do!
Growing up, like many kids before me and since, I thought had the meanest parents in the world. It wasn't until I started raising my own children that I realized just how great my parents were, and those things I said I would never do when I had kids are exactly the things I want to do.
Love Your Children Enough to Discipline Them
I was often in trouble and losing privileges like sleepovers, TV time and toys. If I didn't accept my initial punishment, my parents had no problem grounding me, which meant staying in my room with books and nothing else. Perhaps this is why I developed my love of reading. I hated it at the time but now I know I am fortunate that my parents cared enough to discipline me. If they didn't care about me they would have let me do less than my best and would have done nothing when I was disrespectful or caught in a lie.
Parents don't punish their children because they are mean people. Parents that want the best for their children are willing to put them back on the right path when they break the rules. I am prepared to take all of the "You're mean" they can dole out if in the end my kids know the difference between right and wrong.
Instill an Appreciation for "Stuff"
I didn't get everything I wanted; partly because I wanted the world and my parents weren't rich, but mostly due to their desire to raise a child that didn't expect everything to just be handed over. I didn't need lots of electronics and toys when there was a world outside waiting to be explored. Getting "stuff" meant a lot more because I didn't expect it.
I see this appreciation in my own children. If it isn't a holiday my children work in some way towards getting the "stuff" they want. They understand that you sometimes have to work for what you want and this is an important value for them to carry in to their adult lives.
Thanks Mom and Dad
I am thankful I had parents with the patience to raise me right. If they were still alive I think they would be happy (and amused) seeing me doing the same things they did, the things I told them I would never do when I grew up and had children.