Even as adults, our parents continue to inspire us. Sometimes, they inspire us to do the exact opposite of everything they did as parents.
Some of them are dark, and some of them are about haircuts.
"Because I said so."
I always have a reason why I ask them to do something. If they ask 'why?' I'll explain. I'll explain my reason, my reasons for my reason, various other factors I considered... I can go on for a while. They know this.
The other day I asked my 7-year-old to do something, she said 'why?'...I thought about it for a sec and I asked, 'Is "because I said so" a good enough reason?' She thought about it for a sec and said, 'yeah.'
For about three seconds, I felt like I nailed parenting.
Making fun of their interests and hobbies. It's why I don't like showing anyone my artwork. But I will do anything to support my kids and encourage them.
If they tell me something in confidence, I'm not using that as a topic of conversation with others. Tell my parents anything and everyone knows. My mom just couldn't understand why I was getting mad when she was telling any yahoo at Walmart the whole story of events leading up to my divorce.
Both are why my mom wonders why I don't tell her anything. I don't want that for my kids.