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A Memorandum From Your Child

I’m sure every mom has those days where you felt like you didn’t do anything right… you rushed around like a madwoman, nagged at your child to “hurry up or we’ll be late,” and told your two-year-old “No” for the 100th time. And to top it off, your child has just informed you that you are the worst mother in the world. With the start of another school year, I thought other parents might find the following helpful. It was taken from the book, How To Live With Your Children: A Guide For Parents Using A Positive Approach To Child Behavior by Don H. Fontenelle, PhD.

Dear Mom and Dad,

• Do not spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for. I’m only testing you.
• Do not be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It makes me feel more secure.
• Do not be inconsistent. That confuses me and makes me try to get away with everything I can.
• Do not make promises you can’t keep.  That will discourage my trust in you.
• Do not fall for my provocations when I say and do things just to upset you. Then I’ll try for other such “victories.”
• Do not be too upset when I say “I hate you.” It isn’t you I hate but your power to thwart me.  
• Do not make me feel smaller than I am. I will make up for it by behaving like a “big shot.”
• Do not do things for me that I can do for myself. It makes me feel like a baby, and I may continue to put you in my service.
• Do not let me form bad habits.  I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages.  
• Do not correct me in front of people. I’ll take much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private.
• Do not make me feel that my mistakes are sins. I have to learn to make mistakes without feeling that I am no good.
• Do not nag. If you do, I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf.
• Do not demand explanations for my wrong behavior. I really do not know why I did that.
• Do not tax my honesty too much. I am easily frightened into telling lies.
• Do not forget that I learn by experimenting. Please put up with it.
• Do not protect me from consequences. Sometimes I need to learn the hard way.  
• Do not take too much notice of my small ailments. Sometimes they get me attention I need.
• Do not put me off when I ask questions. If you do, you will find that I stop asking and seek my information elsewhere.
• Do not ever think that it is beneath your dignity to apologize to me. An honest apology makes me feel surprisingly warm towards you.
• Do not ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me too great a shock when I discover that you are neither.  
• Do not tell me my fears are silly. They are terribly real and you do much to reassure me if you try to understand.
• Do not forget that I cannot strive without lots of understanding and encouragement; but I do not need to tell you that… do I?

- Author Unknown -
    For more information on childcare options, you may contact Katie Stelle-Mardis at Katie’s Kids Learning Center at 309-663-5800 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  They have two locations: 1602 Glenbridge Rd. in Bloomington and 2003 Jacobssen Dr. in Normal.
    For information on other books by Dr. Fontenelle, please contact him at 504-834-6411 or 517 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, LA 70001.



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