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Dear Mom and Dear Dad

I ran across AAML’s statement of “Children’s Rights” that was published in the way-back.  It got me thinking about what a kid might say to the parents.  Here is a list of some things that I’m pretty sure a kid would say.  PARENTS, Listen Up!

  • I represent half of each of you.  I want to love each of you and I do not want to have to hide my love for my other parent from you.
  • Criticizing my other parent in front of me is like telling me you don’t love me.
  • I do not want to choose between you and my other parent.
  • I have opinions.  I have a voice.  Please listen to me.  BUT, I am a kid and I’m going to tell each of you different things – sometimes about the same subject — because I do not want to disappoint you or make you mad at my other parent.
  • Moving back and forth between houses sucks enough without you getting all teary and anxious.  I’m going to be back.
  • I can adapt to different rules and dynamics at each house.  I do it at school and my teachers don’t stand out in the hall and shout about which class is better for me.
  • I do not want to know what you and my other parent are fighting over.  That’s adult stuff.  I’m a kid and I want to play, hang out with my friends, and do fun stuff with people my own age.
  • I am not your spy.
  • Don’t quiz me about what I do when I’m with my other parent.  I’ll tell you what’s important if you’ll let me do it in my way.
  • Let me decide for myself whether I like my other parent’s new “friend.”  I’m already confused and I have mixed emotions and I want to be able to talk to you without feeling like I’m ratting out my other parent.
  • It hurts my feelings terribly and makes me sad (and mad) when you don’t show up or are always late.
  • When I win a meet or get an ovation after a performance I want to celebrate with each of you and be praised for my accomplishments.  Please don’t take away my joy by making the celebration a competition between you and my other parent.
  • I am not your postmaster.
  • When I get mad at my other parent I don’t need you to take up for me, and I’m not permanently signing up for #ihatemyparent.
  • I love holidays and I love my birthday.  If these occasions become riddled with fights between you and my other parent about time and schedules I will never have happy memories.
  • You are always and forever my Mom.  I will not forget, even if there is another person in my Dad’s life.  You don’t have to fight for your place.  You will always be #1 Mom, especially if you follow these messages from me.
  • You are always and forever my Dad.  I will not forget, even if there is another person in my Mom’s life.  You don’t have to fight for your place.  You will always be #1 Dad, especially if you follow these messages from me.

Love, Me. XOXO