The following poem inspired me as I was parenting my own children:
FOR OUR CHILDREN
Some day when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them:
I loved you enough to ask where you were going, with whom and what time you would be home.
I loved you enough to make you take a Milky Way back to the store (with a bite taken out of it) and tell the clerk, “I stole this yesterday and I want to pay for it.”
I loved you enough to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that would have taken me 15 minutes.
I loved you enough to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.
But most of all, I loved you enough to say NO, when I knew you would hate me for it. Those were the most difficult battles of all. I’m glad I won them, because in the end you won too.