Karen - posted on 09/03/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )
"I had the meanest Mother in the world. While other kids had candy for breakfast, I had to eat cereal, eggs and toast. While other kids had cake and candy for lunch, I had a sandwich. As you can guess, my dinner was different from other kids' dinners too. My Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. She had to know who our friends were and what we were doing.
I am ashamed to admit it, but she actually had the nerve to break the child labor law. She made us work. We had to wash dishes, make the beds and learn how to cook. That woman must have stayed awake nights thinking up things for us kids to do. And she insisted we tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
By the time we became teenagers, she was much wiser and our life became more unbearable. None of this tooting the car horn for us to come running: she embarrassed us to no end by insisting that our friends come to the door to get us.
I forgot to mention that most of our friends were allowed to date at the mature age of 12 or 13, but our old fashioned Mother refused to let us date until we were 15. She really raised a bunch of squares. None of us was ever arrested for shoplifting or busted for dope. And who do we have to thank for this? Your right, our mean Mother.
I am trying to raise my children to stand a little straighter and taller, and I am secretly tickled to pieces when my children call me mean. I thank God for giving me the meanest Mother in the world. The world needs more mean Mothers like mine."
Moms, when your kids, or their friends, call you mean you are showing God's love for them. Boundaries and standards keep them safe and give them the sense of true love, comfort and high self esteem. Don't let the world, friends, psychologists, school counselors, etc., tell you they know better than God. He is the true source of all things good. Proverbs is a great way to set your believing images for yourselves and your children. Many chapters have, in the first several verses, the standard of children to listen and retain what parents tell them for long life. " Prov 3: 1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee." The King James Version. This is a very strong desire I have for my children. Blessings to all.