You know those moms ... the cool ones who are doing everything their kids tell them to, trying to be their best friend, letting them get away with bad behavior like talking back, not doing chores or cleaning their bedrooms and not keeping up with schoolwork.
We don't want to be that kind of mom. We want to be parents. The kind of moms who raise respectful, responsible, and kind, considerate people. Well, sometimes that requires a certain level of "mean"—well, at least others may see it as mean. Really, we're just doing our job.
Being a "mean" mom really means you're doing it right. No, abusing your children into submission is not okay, but having rules, setting boundaries and teaching your children to respect others is vital to their well-being. So keep making them do chores, obey curfews, eat vegetables and bathe (like a cat in water sometimes, right?). It's your job to teach your children how to become adults. Don't give them everything; teach them to work for it and earn it.
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