I make them follow rules.
I punish them when they don’t.
I make them to do chores.
Even when they’re tired.
I enforce an early bed time.
I push them to do hard things.
I take them to piano and baseball and soccer even when they don’t feel like going.
I don’t let them eat buckets of candy.
I make them read their books.
And study for their spelling tests.
I make you wear your bike helmet even though you hate it.
I won’t let you drink soda.
I won’t let you watch that rated R movie.
I don’t give them everything they want.
I may not always be popular. I may not always make the decision you want me to or the one you think is right.
But I’ll love you to pieces. I’ll protect you. I’ll care for you. I’ll fight for you. I’ll try my best to give you the best life imaginable.
And sometimes by doing that, I have to be what you think is “mean”.