Memo from a child


  • Don't be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it, it makes me feel secure.
  • Don't let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages.
  • Don't correct me in front of people if you can help it. I'll take much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private.
  • Don't spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for, I'm only testing you.
  • Don't put me off when I ask question. if you do, you will find that I stop asking and seek any information elsewhere.
  • Don't nag, if you do, I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf.
  • Don't make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me behave stupidly "big".
  • Don't make me feel that my mistakes are sins. It upsets my sense of values.
  • Don't tell me my fears are silly. They are terrible real and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand.
  • Don't protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way sometimes.
  • Don't take to much notice of my small ailments. Sometimes they get me the attention I need.
  • Don't be inconsistent. This completely confuse me and makes me loose faith in you.
  • Don't forget I love experimenting. i couldn't get along without it. So please put up with it.
  • Don't ever suggest that you are perfect or infallible. It gives me a great shock when I discover that you are neither.
  • Don't forget how quickly I am growing up. It must be very difficult for you to keep pace with me, but please do try.
  • Please keep yourself fit and healthy. I need you.
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