Excerpt: Dec. 26, 1978 (I was 6)
Daddy, I will try my best to not fight with my sister. And I will try my best to not shout. And to not get mad so fast. And be a good boy because, last year I had a lot of toys from santa. (sic) But this year I only got two dollers. (sic)
This entry has led me to three conclusions that I would like to share with fellow parents:
1) Kids, even first graders, could spell waaay better in the 70's.
2) Guilt trips work great on little kids.
3) Even little, fighting, shouting, anger-management needing, money-grubbing kids can turn out to be semi-respectable adults. Don't sweat it.