The book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie is an amazing book. It touched my life with the experience of how Dale gave an example where the Dad had scolded his boy when he didn’t meet his expectations. The boy constantly made mistakes which disappointed his dad. His dad threatened and criticized him for not giving him the reward if he didn’t complete them. One of Dale’s rules is not to criticize others but be appreciative towards others. Dale Carnegie made me realized that I’ve made mistakes with my daughter, Celine. After I heard the example that was presented, I was so embarrassed because I’ve been doing the same her. I sat there and thought back on the things I have done. I expected her to prioritize her homework, clean her room, and do well in time management. Celine hardly did anything I asked and she constantly had to be reminded to clean her room. In addition, she always read her novel before doing her homework first, although reading is required as part of her homework. Her time management skills were poor because she didn’t prioritize well. In my opinion, both time management and priority are very important. I wanted her to know that and expected her to do so. I got so upset when she didn’t prioritize well or do as I asked. The more I pushed, the more I drew her away from me. She is daddy’s little girl. Dale made me understand that I expected too much from Celine. She’s only 8 years old and I was training her to be an adult so she would be prepared for her future. I have a different perspective now. Time management is important but should not be a high expectation from a child. I don’t expect her to manage her time now; I let her go at her own pace. However, I walked her through the steps where I felt she needed to improve by explaining what it meant to make something a “high priority”. Then she was able to recognize her priorities from high to low. Things have improved tremendously because her work gets done on time and she understands my expectations of her for the weekend. She gets to go out more often and I’m happy to bring her along with me. Our mother / daughter relationship has grown because now we carry on a more in-depth conversation than ever before. For the past few weeks, Celine and I have bonded well. We went shopping and played a Monopoly game. I let her know how proud I am of her improvements and she gets to pick an expensive gift for her upcoming birthday. Celine and I have become closer and more personal towards each other. I’m so happy that I’m no longer being the bad person in the family.