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  • It is not easy being a parent. As parents we struggle to find the right timing, the right words, the right expression, the right attitude and the right reaction towards our children's actions so that we may teach them the lessons that we feel or have come to know are the most important to their present and future well being. It gets easier with age-both that of parents and that of our children. Our trial and error throughout the years have help us to master our techniques, and if they have been effective, our children will give us the respect we at times only can hope that we earn. Perhaps that is why we are sometimes better at grand-parenting than parenting.

    Earlier this week I received a pleasant surprise. Never realized that stating that my 25 yr. old daughter had sounded too much like a B-I-T-C-H would have such an impact but I am proud that it resulted in some contemplation on her part and produced the following post on facebook:

    "The other day my mom called me a "b-i-t-c-h", and rightfully so. I tend to let my apparent "hatred" for things bother me so much that I act like one. My mom's favorite curse word is "shoot", so when that "B" word fell out of her mouth to describe ME, I knew I had to make some changes.

    So in honor of St. Valentine, Lent, and my mom, that change begins with "NEGATE THE HATE 2K13". I don't think I am the only one who tends to use the word "HATE" too loosely, and hate is always accompanied by anger. I cannot think of one smart thing I have done out of anger.

    NEGATE THE HATE 2K13 means that EVERY TIME I use the word "hate", I must list 10 things I LOVE about the object I claim to "hate". Therefore, negating the hate. However, I absolutely need your help! Call me out if you hear me say the "h" word. Also, feel free to join me, the more love and the less hate, the better."

    (exceptions: I am not punished if I say I "hate" Adolf Hitler, disease, or onions)


    From the comments that followed, her example has also inspired others. Now-even more proud.
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