What Children Owe Their Parents

I often hear parents complain about things their child has done. I have often complained about this. Being a parent can be frustrating. Here’s a small list of things that many parents think their child should be doing for the parent: Doing chores (cleaning their room, help with dinner, etc) Being obedient Being respectful and polite Giving the parent a card and gift on special occasions (birthday, holiday, mother’s/father’s day, etc.) Calling the parent (for older children or adult children) Telling the truth to the parent Talking to the parent (“What did you do at school today?”) I’m sure that nearly every parent would have a different list of things they think their children owes them. In the box below, you can find my list of all the things that a child owes a parent: That’s right, nothing. NADA. Children don’t owe their parents anything. Children don’t owe their parents a birthday gift, a Christmas gift or a thank you. Children don’t owe their parents a phone call on their birthday, on their parents birthday or any holiday for that matter. Children don’t owe their parents “spending time together” or “communication.” Children certainly don’t owe their parents love. Children didn’t ask to be brought into this world and they certainly didn’t ask to be brought into this world to some asshole, demanding and needy parents who can’t even be nice to their own child. Parents who are “nice” aren’t owed anything by their children either.┬áParents brought their kids into this… Read moreWhat Children Owe Their Parents