Your Kid is Great. Mine is Mine.


parent-610I can’t be the only teacher, school administrator, or parent for whom this is a problem.

I have a great deal of patience with other people’s kids.

In most cases, I see them in only the best light.

I always try to give them the benefit of the doubt and second chances as warranted.

Until proven differently, I assume they are telling me the truth.

If they make mistakes, I try to help them make the right choices to correct them.

After all, mistakes happen.

I know they aren’t perfect and they just need some gentle guidance as they transform from an adolescent to an adult.

Time and maturity will certainly lead them down the right path.

Then there’s my kid.

What an idiot.

The odds of her living to see the age of 18 and being able to walk out of my house under her own power is not good.

Not good at all.

If I don’t snap the next time she says something sarcastic, it will be a miracle.

If I hear her say one more time “I’m doing my best”, I’m going to lose it.

Her best doesn’t seem to be good enough.

A-‘s are unacceptable.

Bad choices are not allowed.

Don’t even get me started on the rolling of her eyes.

Forget a book at home?  Instant grounding of a minimum of 1,000 days.

No mistakes allowed.  No second chances. 

She was raised better than that.

How long can I be expected to remind her it’s time to study.  Or practice piano.  Or to get a bulldozer to pick up the clothes in her bedroom floor?

When I coach her in basketball, I have to fight the urge to run onto the court and smack her upside the head with her own arm (I’m assuming this is wrong).

I haven’t the patience to raise this child.

I’m not sure our house is big enough for the both of us.

But the kids at school.  All 1,000 of them.  They are great.

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