Thursday, August 20, 2009

the truth and lies

Why do we have to lie to our children? We tell them myths about Santa Claus, and the tooth fairy. We have to tell them that they are the cutest and most special person in the whole universe. Why? Are children not capable of hearing the truth? That they are cute but not the cutest, and that they are just one of 6.5 billion people on the planet, and no more important than any other person.

At some point in our lives when we grow older we realize that we aren't the best, or cutest or the most special, although a few people still continue to feel that way. It's a very weird time in a child's life when he or she comes to that realization. We have to give our kids confidence because they are going to need it in this world. I don't feel my parents gave me enough confidence when I was growing up. I don't blame them for it necessarily, I think they were to young and inexperienced as parents. People back in the eighties didn't have all the knowledge that we have today when it comes to parenting. That is why I plan on waiting a long time to become a parent, if I do. I'm going to wait until my mid 30s until I even think about it. Even Barack Obama did that. It makes a person a better parent for sure.

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