Readers cited some good advice, and many were the standards, including one my Mom taught me that I try to live by: “If you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all.” However, instead of the usual warning, “Don’t cross your eyes, or they’ll get stuck like that,” one reader’s Mom encouraged eye-crossing because it was good exercise for those muscles.
One of my favorite reader responses is something I’ve said to my own children: "Nobody is thinking about you half as much as you think they are."
Little kids little problems...big kids big problems.
If you aren't bleeding, you aren't hurt
I can't MAKE you (insert chore, behavior) but I sure can make you WISH you had!!
"Time waits for no man". Now, if you asked what I as a Mom impart, it would be "Don't be in such a hurry to grow up!" and "Think carefully and act thoughtfully, because you have to live with the consequences of your decision."
Don't make someone your priority while allowing yourself to become their option.