Many parents opt for the "good cop, bad cop" strategy to control their kids' behavior. Often the father ends up being the bad cop by censoring activities or setting up curfew. Naturally, over a period, the dad is seen as the taskmaster who cracks the whip every time kids cross the line.
It does not help for dads to play bad cop every time. Children need to feel comfortable to bond with their father. On the other hand, fathers can do their bit by relaxing the curfew occasionally. A happy father-child relationship is when both learn to love and trust each other. This makes the child realize that boundaries are set for his welfare and safety.
Ironies abound everywhere. You just have to notice them. Here are some examples:
Recently, on a fashion show, models were dressed in nothing more than fancy ostrich feathers and beads. Ironically, the aborigines of Australia also dressed in similar costumes but they did not make it to the ramps at Milan. While colossal amounts of food grains lie rotting in world's biggest granaries because of a sluggish bureaucracy, starving kids scavenge for scraps of food in dustbins and garbage piles. Though scientific advancement has prolonged human life, it destroys nature, the very essence of life!
If you are touched by life's ironies, you will enjoy this collection of funny but true quotes. These quotes express realities with a touch of humor. Whether we like it or not, life always has such funny but true moments.
The other day I was watching the sitcom, Modern Family. While watching a crazy family scene, my older son exclaimed, "That's just like our family." His comment got me thinking. Are we a crazy family? Or is craziness common with every family?
While talking to friends, I learned that every family has its quirks. No family is postcard-perfect. Each has its strengths and deficiencies.
So when I observed families in my neighborhood, I saw things that I never noticed before. The overweight family living next door has super-intelligent kids. The family with a large brood in my neighborhood is famous for generosity, and community service.
If you feel that your family is a bunch of oddballs, read these funny family quotes. You would be surprised to learn that even the rich and famous families have their eccentricities -- and I am not talking about the Kardashians here! Your family's quirks should not change your affection. On the contrary, you should love your family even more. You are special, because your family makes you special.
Read some more family quotes:
The next time you are sitting in the comfort of your home and family, spare a thought for those brave soldiers who risk their life for one cause -- your security.
Also read some of my earlier collections of Memorial Day quotes:
The United States will celebrate Armed Forces Day on May 18, 2013. It is a day to honor the men and women who served in the army. All five armed services -- Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard -- will be honored for their contribution to the nation. Barbecues, parades, and various forms of celebrations will mark the day.
Show your respect for defense personnel on Armed Forces Day. Pay homage to those who lost their lives in war. Express your solidarity and patriotism on social networking sites. Shower praises for the contribution of men and women in uniform.
Also, spread the word of peace in forums, social platforms, and group discussions. Wars are unnecessary and counterproductive. Countries that engage in bilateral talks and diplomatic ties have a greater chance of maintaining peace within their boundaries. This Armed Forces Day, you can be the messenger of unity and peace.
You can't blame me if I get a bit greedy every year on Mother's Day. Each year, my kids outshine themselves in pampering me. When they were really young, they made me beautiful handmade Mother's Day cards. As they got smarter and more skilled, their gifts became more creative. One year, I received a collage of family photographs. Another year, I remember participating in a treasure hunt, at the end of which I was treated to a movie and dinner. I mean, what more could a mother expect?
This year, I know that they have something wild up their sleeve. I can see it in the sparkle of their eyes. I can see it in their sly smiles during breakfast. My younger one pointedly asks me every morning when is Mother's Day. Every Mother's Day, they remind me how lucky I am to be a mother of two wonderful kids.
And while I bask in my children's adoration, I also think about how lucky I am to have a mother who brought me into this world. Here's wishing all mothers a very happy Mother's Day. May every mother-child bond grow from strength to strength.
Enjoy these Mother's Day quotes:
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Recently I watched the tearjerker movie, Stepmom. Julia Roberts, who essayed the role of the stepmother, puts motherhood in the spotlight, raising some poignant issues. Is motherhood achieved only after giving birth? Do foster kids receive the same warmth and love that biological kids get? Are stepmothers evil?
If you have grown up reading Grimm's fairy tales, you probably believe that stepmothers are wicked. Kids find it difficult to accept another woman in place of their mother. The umbilical cord of love bonds the mother and child for life.
Unlike what fictional stories would have us believe, most stepmothers are humane and kind, and they want the best for their stepchildren. Stories like Cinderella or Hansel and Gretel may not represent the true picture of stepmothers.
Stepmothers don't come with green horns or magic cauldrons. They simply want their stepchildren to accept them. They know that they can never replace the biological mother. Famous stepmoms like Megan Fox, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sharon Osbourne, and many others have happily donned the role of stepmothers.
Motherhood is a journey of unconditional love and sacrifice. Mothers find joy in everyday parenting. The pleasure of watching your child grow is unparalleled. On Mother's Day, spend time with the most important person in the world -- your mother. Pour your emotions with mellow words of love. Make Mother's Day special. Whether you have a stepmother or not, love her unconditionally.
As a teenager, once I was particularly rebellious. I remember my exasperated mother telling me, "Wait till you grow up. Then you will know what it means to be a mother." Of course, in my immaturity, I scoffed at her.
Twenty years later, her words ring loud and clear. More so today, when I am grappling with my children's troublesome teenage. Now I can feel my mother's anguish. I understand the tough decisions she had to make for me. I also understand that she loved me unconditionally.
Is this what motherhood means? Do we learn about motherhood only after having undergone a journey of sacrifice and love? Do mothers love their children unconditionally?
Look around you. You probably have aunts, sisters, friends, and colleagues who are mothers. Watch them speak about their children. Notice the sparkle in her eyes when your friend talks about her daughter? That's motherly love. Did you notice her anxiety when your sister could not reach her teenaged son? The worry lines on her face depict love.
Mother's Day is a celebration of motherly love. You can't put a price tag on your mother's love. However, you can repay her with kind words. If gifting your mother feels right, go ahead and buy her something special. Don't forget to include a scribbled a note with a cute Mother's Day quote to enrich your gift. These Mother's Day quotes bring out the best in you.
This Mother's Day, go the extra mile. Make mommy proud with your creativity and thoughtfulness. Here are some helpful ideas:
Does your mother like to travel? Take her to an exotic beach destination or the countryside, where she can cool her heels. Throw in a pampering spa session to complete the day. If she is a net-junkie, take her on a trip around the world -- 0n Google Earth -- my mother loved it!
Does Mom simply want to spend a relaxing day all by herself where she is the queen of the day? Make her wish come true. Disappear from her sight, and avoid the temptation to call her for petty troubles. Before you go, make sure to put on some soothing music, and gift her books that she would love to read.
Perhaps your mother enjoys being surrounded by the entire family. In that case invite her friends and family for a big celebration. Pop the champagne bottle and make a public declaration of your love for your mother. Share some happy childhood memories with the whole family and raise a toast to her. Though she may protest the melodrama, she will love the attention.
Make a scrapbook of your childhood pictures with a beautiful Mother's Day quote engraved on the cover page. A coffee mug, scarf, or a handbag is a good gift choice for Mother's Day. Make sure to personalize your gifts with short Mother's Day quotes. These quotes serve as lifelong reminders of this wonderful celebration.
As part of the celebration, share some Mother's Day quotes with your friends and family:
Last year on Teacher's Day, my younger son created a plaque for his teacher that declared "Best Teacher Award." Needless to say, his teacher was more than pleased and it still stands proudly on her desk.
Gifting your teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week need not be stressful. Your teacher will appreciate your own creation, however small. Create an eco-friendly grocery bag out of cloth. She will be reminded of you every time she goes shopping. You can even write some "Happy Teacher's Day" quotes on the bag.
- Famous Teacher Quotes
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