My daughter, now a mom herself, sent me the following article. Up to the time she was to be come a mother herself, she insisted I was too strict. Then, suddenly, she understood why! It is to me an affirmation that the path I chose, the same one my own mother took, was the right one. Sometimes that is really hard to see while you are being a mean old mom!
Unfortunately, the author's name was not disclosed on the copy of the article, but a note at the bottom said to pass it along, so I would like to share it with you as we all think of our Mothers this Mothers' Day. And to those who are currently Mean Old Moms, stand your ground, it will be worth it in the end!
Mean Old Moms...
Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them:
And someday when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell them....
Was your Mom mean? I know mine was. We had the meanest mother 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 Twinkie 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. 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, we had to wait until we were 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 Mom was.
I think that is what's wrong with the world today. It just doesn't have enough mean moms.
PASS THIS ON TO ALL THE MEAN MOTHERS YOU KNOW. (And Their Kids !!!!!)
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