So often children are punished for being human. Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes, yet we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect and we must stop holding our children to a higher standard than we can attain ourselves.
Dear Mom ... "Sometimes I feel sorry for you because you had a bad upbringing, but then I remember you are an adult, and you make your own bad decisions in life. A bad upbringing is not an excuse to be a bad parent."