Whenever I complain online about something, Daniel Pelfrey pokes his head in to remind me it could be worse: I could be a Seattle Mariners fan. A father of four boys and one girl -- ages 2 to 20, Daniel writes the Post Post Modern Dad blog when not fighting perpetual exhaustion from all that child wrangling. He's a guy with "one foot in the past, one foot in the future, and one foot on the accelerator" and an obvious problem with math and/or biology. Enjoy. -- Kevin
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There’s a line by the late comedian Bill Hicks where he talks about how parents tend to exaggerate the accomplishments of their children: “He’s not special; he’s just your kid.”
I love that line.
Perspective. It’s something we need as parents, especially today as there are more activities to occupy our children’s days. Between ballet, gymnastics, baseball, underwater nuclear physics, swim lessons, chess club and whatever else we have our kids enrolled in, it can be easy to lose perspective. Our culture has gotten to this point where over-achieving is the norm, and now every kid has to be exceptional.
Thankfully I don’t have a swelled head about what my kids are capable of. Hey, I love my kids as much as the next person (well, all right, a little bit more because they are MY kids) but I’ve learned a long time ago to be realistic.
Let me tell you a story.