Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mom and Dad



 
In an infinite battle of wills,  

a winner rarely triumphs.


Little eyes watch, ears listen,

and learn what it’s like to be adults.

Our example too graphically demonstrates how they will
 
build their own homes on the ugly example
 
we have provided.



19 comments:

  1. Such a hard subject. The kids that end up breaking the cycle are amazing!

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    2. I hope there are more who do break the cycle than don't. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. A little sobering to realize what we do affects our children. Great use of the prompt!

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    1. Thanks! They probably only look back and wonder why "they" keep doing this to us. Unfortunately, they probably think it's normal at the time. :(

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  3. This breaks my heart because we have all done it. Let words slip with listening ears close by even though we try so hard to keep it from happening. You wonder what they take with them through life because of our words and actions. Great piece. Was like a small but distinct punch in the stomach (but that's good).

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    1. I feel that punch in my stomach after I let those words fly (and not just slip) by and can't take them back. Unfortunately, our children learn all too much from our example.
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Gina!

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  4. I worry about this all the time! Your words managed to convey the feelings I think all parents must feel in situations like this.

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    1. I worry about it, too. If only we could swallow those words back up sometimes. I'm glad you stopped by and commented.

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  5. Everyone's a victim here. Good thing most grow up wanting to do the opposite of what their parents have done.
    Would you mind getting rid of the captcha?

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Kymm. I didn't realize the verification was "on," so thanks for letting me know. It's fixed now. :)

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  6. seriously. i don't get what's so hard for people to realize that kids absorb EVERYTHING.

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    1. Especially when we think they're not paying attention - wrong!

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  7. Sometimes we forget the kids are always listening...

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    1. Even when they're not looking, they're still listening. Sometimes he says something later about what he's overheard, and I wonder when he even heard that conversation.

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  8. "In an infinite battle of wills, / a winner rarely triumphs. "
    There is a story there that everyone can identify with. Great response to the prompt!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for commenting!

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  9. I am impressed by how you conveyed an important message in just 42 words.

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