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Re: Happy Birthday! -- Parenthood

Eva: I couldn't agree more with your father...my kids are convinced I'm
a slave master and the meanest mother around (although they also know I
love them to pieces!) but I truly, truly am convinced that long periods
of idleness are bad, bad, bad, bad, bad for children...they need a place
to focus their energies besides a TV set or a Nintendo...they also need
to know they are an integral part of the family unit and important to
the overall smooth functioning of the household/family...And if chores
are not occupying their time then reading, piano practice, church,
sports, etc. are...I figure an hour or so a day of unfocused, relaxing
time is plenty for them and helps send them to bed each night ready to
sleep. During the summer break from school, my kids are doing assigned
school work that I have prepared in advance for them...daily lessons
they have to complete before they play...usually takes up their mornings
until lunch. And they don't seem to mind at all...in fact they like
having a place to focus their attention. I think they'll be better
adults for having structure in their lives.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Mon 02/09,  < EvaTEsq@aol.com > wrote:
From:  [mailto: EvaTEsq@aol.com]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2004 22:20:02 EST
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Happy Birthday! -- Parenthood

That's for sure! Jesse, it sounds like you've been a wonderful parent
and <br>role model to these kids. Teenagers are the worst, but it
doesn't last forever. <br> BTW, putting them to work is the BEST thing
you can do for them. Soon <br>they'll be thanking you for the important
lessons you are teaching them. <br><br>When I was growing up, my dad had
one idea about children, that children = <br>slaves. My sister & I had
so many chores growing up, it WAS like slavery, or at <br>least it felt
like it at the time. You name it, we had to do it: At age 7 or <br>8, my
dad would chop wood for the fireplace and we had to load it into our
<br>little red wagon and haul it to the garage where we had to neatly
stack it. He <br>forced us to build the fires in the fireplace too. We
had to wash & wax the <br>cars and the boat. We mowed the lawn countless
times, cleaned the house, did <br>the laundry, the dishes, we cooked
(sort of). When the family car(s) needed <br>fixing, my sister & I were
forced to help dad fix it. When we were teenagers, <br>dad decided it
was time to paint the house. So my sister & I & 2 friends <br>painted
the 5 bedroom, 2 story ranch, and the garage too. When my mom & dad
wanted <br>to build a glass porch addition (with hot tub) onto the
house, we had to help <br>build that too.<br><br>The result? My sister &
I are actually pretty handy and we have a pretty <br>solid work ethic,
too. <br><br>Our younger brothers are not so lucky. Mom & dad were not
at all strict in <br>raising our younger brothers, in fact they spoiled
them rotten. Now they have <br>grown up (not really) to be delinquents
(dealing & doing drugs & all that).<br><br>It's not easy to be tough on
them and 'be the bad guy', but it is important, <br>and they'll thank
you for it eventually.<br><br>Eva<br><br>In a message dated 2/9/2004
6:42:39 PM Pacific Standard Time, <br>jesserenebell@hotmail.com
writes:<br>Thanks. I try. No such thing as a perfect parent (or spouse)
but I do the <br>best I know how to do. But I'll tell y

a....parenthood is the toughest gig <br>there is. NOTHING easy about
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