Advice from Stephen ColbertFrom his book I am America (and so can you!), Spartina, New York: 2007 (p. 10)
PERSONAL RECOLLECTION: It doesn’t matter how my parents raised me, because I loved my parents. It’s in the Bible: “Honor thy Mother and thy Father”. It’s right after the part about stoning gays. Sure they could be a little “strict”, but I often think back fondly on the memories I haven’t repressed. The truth is, I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it wasn’t for the way my parents raised me. [Margin note: “I had a happy childhood” ] And I love the man I am today – which means I love the way my parents raised me. And even if they made mistakes, I don’t blame them for it, because they tried their hardest. You can’t spell “parentry” without “try”. Of course, you’ll make a few mistakes. The important thing is that the mistakes you make with your kids are the same ones your parents made with you. [Margin note: “Mistake it forward” ] At least you know how those turn out.
(Formatting of margin notes is as in the book, except underlining isn't working on here for some reason, and in the book the font is small.)