Notwithstanding that you are a miracle from heaven and that there is nothing in this world I care about more than your health and safety and happiness, notwithstanding that I would rather die than see any of you in misery, I feel it is nevertheless necessary that I share with you these few tips that should make for smoother relations in the years to come.
You will not ask the same question twice. Ever. Listen to the answer the first time.
“But why Mom?” is now officially banned lexicon.
You will not, ever, complain about the food on the table. You may choose to eat it or to leave it, but you will not complain about it. You will not play with it either.
You will finish your homework, it is a favor to yourselves, not to me.
“In a sec” will, from now on, be replaced by “yes sure.” Preferably “yes ma’am.”
I have a face and it can make expressions, so please address all talk to me and not to your screen. It doesn’t love you as much as I do.
Trips abroad are a luxury and not a given. So is eating out.
Yes you will have to work, save up, and buy your own car.
You will stop using my plugs, wires, pens and everything else that belongs to me. Should you need something urgently, you will ask me. More importantly, you will put it back.
You will learn to rely on yourselves and take care of your own affairs so you can become able, confident, young men.
For the night is dark and full of terrors.
I will tend to your issue as soon as I possibly can. I am ignoring you only because I am trying to focus on something else right now.
I am able to carry two conversations, talk and listen to two people at the same time, but I choose not to.
You will go after what you want, you will not wait for it to come to you.
The answer to “Why Mom?” is “Because.” The answer to “But why Mom?” is still “Because.” But anyway if you go back to tip no.2 you will see that “but why mom?” is banned anyway.
P.S. No I will not be writing a similar letter to the dog because the dog cannot read!