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Re: Happy Birthday! -- Parenthood

That's for sure!  Jesse, it sounds like you've been a wonderful parent and 
role model to these kids.  Teenagers are the worst, but it doesn't last forever. 
 BTW, putting them to work is the BEST thing you can do for them.  Soon 
they'll be thanking you for the important lessons you are teaching them.  

When I was growing up, my dad had one idea about children, that children = 
slaves.  My sister & I had so many chores growing up, it WAS like slavery, or at 
least it felt like it at the time.  You name it, we had to do it: At age 7 or 
8, my dad would chop wood for the fireplace and we had to load it into our 
little red wagon and haul it to the garage where we had to neatly stack it.  He 
forced us to build the fires in the fireplace too.  We had to wash & wax the 
cars and the boat.  We mowed the lawn countless times, cleaned the house, did 
the laundry, the dishes, we cooked (sort of).  When the family car(s) needed 
fixing, my sister & I were forced to help dad fix it.  When we were teenagers, 
dad decided it was time to paint the house.  So my sister & I & 2 friends 
painted the 5 bedroom, 2 story ranch, and the garage too.  When my mom & dad wanted 
to build a glass porch addition (with hot tub) onto the house, we had to help 
build that too.

The result?  My sister & I are actually pretty handy and we have a pretty 
solid work ethic, too.  

Our younger brothers are not so lucky.  Mom & dad were not at all strict in 
raising our younger brothers, in fact they spoiled them rotten.  Now they have 
grown up (not really) to be delinquents (dealing & doing drugs & all that).

It's not easy to be tough on them and 'be the bad guy', but it is important, 
and they'll thank you for it eventually.


In a message dated 2/9/2004 6:42:39 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
jesserenebell@hotmail.com writes:
Thanks.  I try.  No such thing as a perfect parent (or spouse) but I do the 
best I know how to do.  But I'll tell ya....parenthood is the toughest gig 
there is.  NOTHING easy about it.

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