Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Mom, Dad, Am I You?

Last night I officially turned into my parents. During a conversation with one of my three children I used the following phrases:

When you have kids someday, you will know what I am talking about.

This house is not a democracy it is a dictatorship.

When I was your age I thought I knew everything too.

The cliches go on and on and I probably used almost all of them in trying to make a point about respect, adulthood and independence. As a parent, it was not a pleasant thing to do, but for that person's own good, it was a conversation that needed to happen. I still feel crappy about it. I guess it is why I understand that other cliche:

This is going to hurt me more than you.