Before I released my son down the street to play this afternoon, I gave him this list of instructions:

  1. Say please and thank you while you’re there
  2. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all
  3. Please don’t whine and stomp when I call you home
  4. Don’t hang the hamster upside down and put it under the faucet
Oh, the things you have to remind children not to do….
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