"Never trust your children. They're always up to no good."
I've recieved NUMEROUS pieces of advice when it comes to parenting from all kinds of people...but this quote was probably the worst comment I ever heard.
I was at my 8yr son's football game this past fall and I was talking to a women next to me. She has a older son the same age as my oldest (10yrs) and was telling me how he was extremely sneaky and constantly lying in the past etc. She can't believe a word that comes out of his mouth and doesn't have trust in her 8yr either because of what her oldest did. I told her that my 10yr was usually well behaved, didn't lie etc and on the rare occasion that he does, we handle with it with a punishment He didn't lose my trust forever and his behavior certainly doesn't influence how I treat my other kids.. She said, "Yeah, that's what I thought when it came to my son too, but I was WRONG. I won't have it happen with my youndest...Never trust your kids..."
Well if you never trust them at any point in their life or judge them based on another's before, you're going to run into some issues in the future.
Best Wishes =]
mom of 4, degree in child development