From The Globe and Mail
The number-one day-to-day mistake parents make is that they don’t shut up when they should. Nothing else even comes close.
“No, Alyssa, if you want the lip gloss you’re going to have to use your own money.”
“But Mom, that is so unfair. All my friends’ parents buy them makeup. And we’re richer than most my friends.” “This has nothing to do with your friends and their parents.”
“Yes, it does, because then I won’t have money when we go out together and hang out at Smiley’s.”
“I don’t care about Smiley’s. You’re going to have to use your own money.”
“But Mom, that is so unreasonable. You are being such a witch.”
“Don’t you dare talk to me that way.”
“I will talk to you that way so long as you’re being so unfair.”...