Remembering my childhood and reflecting on how I was disciplined is my great inspiration in writing Naughty Little Boy. Children nowadays have no boundaries and basically do whatever they want. I see this everyday as an elementary school teacher in school, supermarkets, and random places.
If I broke a rule, then I had to deal with the consequences. Then when I became a teenager, my parents became stricter. I had more restrictions. I had an early curfew, more chores, and less freedom than most of my friends and peers.
It wasn’t until I was out of high school for a few years and started to look around at all those people whose freedom I had so envied, and found out that many of them were still living at home, with minimum wage or no jobs at all, they hadn’t gone to college, and several of them had been to jail or prison, that I began to appreciate that my parents weren’t over-doing it, they were looking out for me. They loved me enough to want me to succeed.
Now that I have my own children, it certainly sealed that theory and made it a fact.