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The biggest mistake you can make is trying to be your childs friend You cannot be your childs friend Tough love thats what kids need You dont negotiate with kids You dont worry about hurting their feelings If they ask Why you tell em Cause I said so thats why Kids need to know you love them but they also need to know if they do something wrong Im not talking about child abuse here Im not talking about hurting kids Just getting their attention When I was growing up we not only had a whuppings we had appointments for a whuppings just so we could think about it all day My mama used to tell me at nine oclock in the morning When your granddaddy gets home hes gonna whup your a Man my whole day was messed up I couldnt eat I couldnt play sports Id be playing baseball thinking about my grandfather coming home and I was in such a trance that the ball would go right past me Everybody was hollering Bernie Mac what is wrong with you And all I could say was My grandfather is gonna whup my a He never did But the threat of the belt was enough As a parent youre not here to be liked Im 44 years old and it was my generation that dropped the ball on this The older generation - my mother and my grandmother - they knew how to discipline They taught us respect and they made sure we followed rules They used to say This aint no popularity contest which is a good thing cause theyd have damn sure finished last But they didnt care Theyd send me to my room and Id say I hate you And theyd just yell back We hate you too Now youre gonna go
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