Child To Parent
Don't spoil me, I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask
for. I am only testing you.
Don't be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It makes me feel more
Don't let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in
the early stages.
Don't make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me behave stupidly
Don't correct me in front of people if you can avoid it. I'll take
much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private.
Don't protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way
Don't take too much notice of my small ailments. I am quite capable of
trading on them.
Don't nag. If you do, I shall have to protect myself by appearing
Don't make rash promises. Remember that I feel badly let down when
promises are broken.
Don't forget that I cannot explain myself as well as I would like.
That is why I am not always very accurate.
Don't tax my honesty too much. I am easily frightened into telling
Don't be inconsistent. That completely confuses me and makes me lose
faith in you.
Don't put me off when I ask questions. If you do you will find I will
stop asking and seek information elsewhere.
Don't tell my fears are silly. They are terribly real, and you can do
much to reassure me if you try to understand.
Don't neglect me; I do not want to be a delinquent.
[ Author Unknown -- 'E-Mail Ministry' ]
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