Lately I have not been the ideal parent to you – allowing my overwhelming emotions to control my behaviour and reacting on automatic and for that I am sorry. I am sorry for hurting your feelings, making you feel dismissed and a burden when you were just being yourself. We all have our bad days, you included and it’s during those times when you need me to be especially receptive to you. You deserve an apology because no one should be made to take on anyone else’s emotional issues, least of all a child who can’t understand why they are being treated differently suddenly. Sometimes I forget that you have real human feelings too that need to be validated and embraced whether they are perceived as being positive or negative. I am going to make a conscious effort to deal with my issues so that I can parent you the way you deserve. Thank you for forgiving me so easily for my embarrassing behaviour. Know that you’re mother loves you unconditionally too and that every day you help her become a better person just by being wonderfully you.