Neil: last paragraph. ..
We have to spend our whole lives being told what to do; may as well get them used to it right from the start!
'No' means 'No...'
Same with the tofu-eating, sandal-wearing "Education is stifling my kids natural creativity" bullsh*t!
I'm not saying "No" shouldn't mean "No". What I'm trying to suggest, is that it's not all about my perspective, my principles, my assertions, either. Kids didn't choose to be born, nor have me as a parent. I have some firm things I don't nor won't compromise on, other, more softer factors - well opinion, being forthright and having an ego are one thing, but sometimes you have to take a step back and look at the things you decide to impose, and ask yourself who are they serving more - you, or your kids.
Yes, I have an opinion on what people should
do, I also have some reasonable thoughts on what I won't let them do, but beyond that, I'm not just going to impose my will just to serve my ego and my outlook on life. That's just egotistical.
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