The Imperfect Life Cycle of the Child

0-10 My parents are perfect
10-20 I am perfect
20-30 My parents screwed me up – it’s all their fault
30-40 I am a perfect parent
40-50 OMG I don’t know what I’m doing
50-60 Relax, party they will soon find out – shall we take a wager on how long it takes?
60-70 Pay back time – spoil the grandkids, they will love you
70+ One day they will regret I’m gone – let’s go SKI

The Perfectly Imperfect Life Cycle of the Child
0-10 My parents are perfect
10-20 I am perfect and so are my parents
20-30 I am screwed up and my parents had nothing to do with it
30-40 I will be perfect like my parents and my child is my best friend
40-50 I must make sure I control my child’s life
50-60 I’ve made it they are still mine
60-70 How wonderful I am their prime concern
70+ I am a burden that no one else but my child can look after – I win!

The Imperfectly Perfect Life Cycle of the Child
0-10 My parents are perfect
10-20 I am more perfect than my parents but they tell me they’re not perfect
20-30 I am screwed up like my parents but at least they admit it
30-40 Maybe I can learn something from them about parenting
40-50 OMG I don’t know what I’m doing but apparently I’m not alone
50-60 Relax, party we will all survive
60-70 Enjoy the family – we reached our goal, they are all free and independent
70+ This is great, we actually love, honor and respect each other
Cathy Wield

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