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Mean Mums
« on: November 15, 2009, 07:12:37 pm »

Someday when my children are old enough to
      understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will
      tell them, as my Mean Mum 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 your 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 mean? I know mine was. We had the
      meanest mother in the whole world! While other kids
      ate sweets for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast.

When others had a Pepsi and a choc bar 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.

      Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all
      times. You'd think we were convicts in a prison. She
      had to know who our friends were, and what we were
      doing with them. She 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 she had the nerve
      to break the Child Labor Laws by making us work We
      had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to
      cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash
      and all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lie
      awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.

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

     Mother wouldn't let our friends 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, my sister had to wait until she was  16.

      Because of our mother we missed out on lots of
    things other kids experienced. None of us have ever
    been caught shoplifting, vandalizing 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 was.

      I think that is what's wrong with the world today.
      It just doesn't have enough mean mums!
Richard Solent Radio Controlled Model Boat Club


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Re: Mean Mums
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2009, 09:59:31 pm »

Here Here, But For Me It Was A Mean Dad :-))


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Re: Mean Mums
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2009, 08:16:40 am »

I remember my father's stock questions.
Where are you going
Who with
What does his father do.

He was a policeman after all.

One of his sayings which has always stuck with me,
When you are 18 you think your parents know nothing.
When you are 21 you wonder how they learned so much in 3 years.




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Re: Mean Mums
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009, 09:59:46 pm »

My two grandsons had a good rule. Before they did anything that they thought might be dodgy, they asked" If Grandad found out we had done......... whatever it was, would he Flip out???" If the answer was "Yes!!" then DO NOT DO IT!!! Seemed to work for them, made me a bit proud too!
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