I really do!

 Now, in the world today, they would have been classed as ‘bad’ parents. That is not true, it wasn’t then and isn’t now.

 From the time we were able to help out with anything we were first encouraged to and then expected to take on tasks to help out.

No one got a ‘big ticket’ item for nothing, as we grew older we were encouraged to earn our own money for those things. And amazingly, there was always a way to pick up some cash.

I will admit, they did not worry about any of us getting in to Harvard or Yale. We were encouraged and expected to ‘do our best’ in school and also seek help if we needed it. And we did, on our own.

Guidance, yes, there was plenty. There were consequences for misbehavior or disrespect. That was learned quickly. An old-fashioned ‘tongue lashing’ or loss of privileges made a deep and lasting impression.

Early on, we were taught the advantage of self-reliance, and self sufficiency. These are lessons that have remained strong in all our lives.

So I say, ‘ Thank you Mother and Dad, for raising us the way you did.’  I have tried to do the same with my kids.

It wasn’t just my parents, but a whole generation who raised, law-abiding, indutrious, respecable and respectful children. They all deserve to be praised forthat.

After I posted this today, this ‘news’ areticle was on TV and in print.: Some grown children are suing their mother for being a bad parent. A quote from the article: “Raised in a $1.5 million Barrington Hills, Ill., home by their attorney father, two grown children have spent the last two years pursuing a unique lawsuit against their mom for “bad mothering” that alleges damages caused when she failed to buy toys for one and sent another a birthday card he didn’t like.

The alleged offenses include failing to take her daughter to a car show, telling her then 7-year-old son to buckle his seat belt or she would contact police, “haggling” over the amount to spend on party dresses and calling her daughter at midnight to ask that she return home from celebrating homecoming.”

What are they thinking?