Q&A: Should I Tell My Children About My Past Mistakes?

How much should I tell my children about the mistakes I made when I was growing up?

It is our experience that children (teens particularly) often use your mistakes as license rather than example.  We have heard many kids over the years say things like, "Well, my dad did drugs when he was younger and he's fine now."  Or "My mom had sex before she got married and she and my dad are happy."  We are advocates of telling them you've made mistakes...helps them to not feel pressure to be perfect, but not necessarily being specific... READ MORE

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