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Old September 17th, 2006, 11:34 AM
joeysmama joeysmama is offline
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I don't stay for too long, we eat and give them dessert and we leave, no long drawn out meals where the parents are just sitting around talking, that can be saved for when we get home
I think this is really smart !! I love when parents are considerate of their kids and don't push them past their endurance. And as time goes on and the kids get older they'll be able to last longer and longer. In the meantime you're teaching them great social skills.

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I don't think I'm a mean parent, I just don't let my kids tell ME what to do.

I think there are a lot of people out there afraid of damaging their childrens emotional growth by being the tough parent, unfortunately, you can't have it both ways, either your the parent and you get the respect that you deserve, or your the mat that gets walked on. You can be sensitive to your childrens emotions without being treaded on, it's a delicate balance
I don't think you're a mean parent either. Just a really good conscientious one !!
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