Children have a knack of remembering things that their parents have long forgotten. You may say something in passing and move onto other matters, but your child will still keep it in mind. One day while on the road I commented about a slow driver who was in front of us. My son was quick to look out the window to see the car. From then onwards, whenever we see a car that is the same make as that one, he has to ask me if it is the same driver causing a jam.

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This has taught me to keep my mouth shut about some things. What if it was someone I knew? I would be in trouble. I have made a point of not talking about anyone. What if he repeated what I said to my neighbors or his teachers? Learn from me, if you are prone to say something bad don’t say it in front of your children. You don’t want the embarrassment that comes with, ‘but mummy said that’.

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