I just heard a woman tell her children, ” I hope I never see y’all grown.” I couldn’t believe it. I would never tell any child that; especially mine. Children look to their parents for encouragement, not to hear things like, “I have the worst kids ever.” How horrible is that? You may not have the best children, but you can encourage them to do better. Do kids need punishment? Yes, in the form of set consequences for certain bad actions. On the other hand, kids need to be given positive expectations to live up to and not negative ones to fulfill. Tell your children how much you love them and let them know how valuable they really are.