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Child Raised Well is Notable Achievement

S.17 Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 11:52 AM
I mean two. TWO championship rings. But wait - there's more. Like the time the off-duty cop came over to give her her first third-party driving lesson, shook her hand, and looked over at me and said, "NICE hand-shake. Most girls don't know how to do that." To which I responded, you should see her work a stick shift. Or when she turned 21 and had her first drink of alcohol ever (I know you're rolling your eyes - you don't know my kid - she's a straight arrow and understands the value of postponing gratification). Or on her wedding day, at age 27, when she asked her mother, is sex going to hurt? And that's not the half of it. Whew. Bragging's fun when you've got something to brag about. You should see her now...

Last week at a speaking engagement in Illinois, I asked my audience of parents to tell me about their kids.

Not just “tell” me about them, but brag. I gave them permission to boast. Pull out the smartphone, if they wanted, to show off the photos.

I had to cajole them into doing it.

Hard to believe, right? We’re a society that practically rents billboards to broadcast our children’s accomplishments. Our Christmas cards sing the praises of our friend’s children (rather than oh, say, the Baby Jesus). Heck, in the suburbs, “student of the month” bumper stickers cover cars like Turtle...