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Establishing Family Rules

Written By: Mark Gregston  |  Posted: Friday, June 17th, 2011

                 When I was growing up there was one major rule-don't make mom or dad mad.  If we broke that rule, we got whacked when Dad got home.  It was a "My way, and there is no highway" kind of arrangement.

             I remember once "borrowing" the motorcycle without permission.  Of course, I wrecked it.  Dad responded with serious consequences.  Rather than fixing the bike that we loved to ride, he donated it to the school for their shop class.  But he went a step further; he withdrew from our relationship.  Our relationship wasn't the best in the world anyway, but he basically didn't speak to my brother and me for a few weeks.   I had disappointed him and he cut me off as a result.

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