|Thirteen Things about free advice
Here are a few words of wisdom that you may or may not wish to share with a child of your choice that I have received over the decades.
1. You my child, shall have a miserable and unfortunate life.
2. You really should try and smile more.
3. What’s the rush? Is there a fire?
4. Stop being such a misery guts and go out and do something nice for someone else.
5. If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.
6. Never trust a mumbler.
7. People will never remember you, but they will always remember your manners.
8. What is the delay? Do I need to put a bomb under you?
9. Just do you best, that’s good enough.
10. But you can’t go out without a clean hanky!
11. Blow your nose! Oh, it’s a freckle.
12. If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a thousand times, you’ll never get rid of them with a Brillo pad.
13. You’re a long time dead.
A long, long time ago, I would sit in the OBGYN’s office, waiting. On the wall was a framed “poem” which read:-
A Child Lives What He Learns
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
~Original Author Unknown
I thought it was a bit mushy at the time, but now I’m not so sure, maybe I like Anon afterall.
As for number one, in case you wonder if it’s true or who might have said such a thing or is this pay back time, I should explain? Someone did say this to me when I was very little, little enough to have to look up ‘unfortunate’ in the dictionary. Why do I mention it now? Because we all say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. They’re impossible to take back. We worry about the damage we’ve caused and perseverate about it, often years after the event. What we don’t know, is that sometimes our words can spark quite a different reaction that we anticipated. For me at least, those words ensured that the opposite would be true, but I’m just obstinate all round, cussed rather than cursed. Perhaps you have a little funny gem of your own to share?
For more useful advice you could nip along and visit “Miss Nelson” at “Meaningful Outcomes” especially this post here called “Raising a Sensory Smart Child.” She certainly makes more sense than I do and she’s a far better speller too.
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