Mean Moms

Just got this from my Mom.....

Mean Moms

Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them, as my Mean Mom told me:

I loved you enough . . . to ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home.

I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.

I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have taken 15 minutes.

I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes. Children must learn that their parents aren't perfect.

I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.

But most of all, I loved you enough . . . to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.

Those were the most difficult battles of all. I'm glad I won them, because in the end you won, too. And someday when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will tell them.

Was your Mom mean? I know mine was. We had the meanest mother in the whole world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from what other kids had, too.

Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You'd think we were convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them. She insisted that if we said we would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.

We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve to break the Child Labor Laws by making us work, We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash and all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.

She always insisted on us telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

By the time we were teenagers, she could read our minds and had eyes in the back of her head. Then, life was really tough!

Mother wouldn't let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up. They had to come up to the door so she could meet them.

While everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until we were 16.

Because of our mother we missed out on lots of things other kids experienced. None of us have ever been caught shoplifting, vandalizing other's property or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her fault.

Now that we have left home, we are all educated, honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean parents just like Mom was.

I think that is what's wrong with the world today. It just doesn't have enough mean moms!
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i love this, it sounds just like my mom!
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My Mean Mom died last summer.


When I see the results (as I do every single day in my line of work) of the Pushover/Didn't Give a Damn/I'm My Kids' Best Friend Moms, I thank God I had a Mean Mom.
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My Mean Mom died last summer.


When I see the results (as I do every single day in my line of work) of the Pushover/Didn't Give a Damn/I'm My Kids' Best Friend Moms, I thank God I had a Mean Mom.
Originally Posted by fig jam
I'm sorry you lost your Mom. I know mine won't be with me for very much longer due to her age and health, and I tell her all the time what a good job she did. I was a mean Mom also and my daughters are becoming mean Moms too. Their children are still very small so they will get even meaner as their kids get into the teen years. We're really going to bond then.
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Ah, I love those types of things. They basically just described my mom.

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People who had REAL mean moms know that they didn't do any of those things. They know what MEAN really is.
My "mean mom" went even further than that - dating at 16? Ha! But I thank God every day that she cared enough to never give up and make sure we all started life on the right path and made good choices. I love her more than anyone.
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But most of all, I loved you enough . . . to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.
For me, this is the most important one. I know far too many moms and dads who have never used this word.
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That sounds just like my mom! Thank God for my "Mean Mom."
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I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.

I loved the whole thing. Our son has told us that we are stricter than most of his friends parents and his friends often tell him they wish their parents would be more involved in their lives. We are also dealing with the above quote right now.

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