Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Spoiled Child

With Jada and Aaron away at sleepaway camps, Asher's sense that the world revolves him has only heightened.  We joke about him being spoiled rotten, but there is a serious side to that too.

On the one hand, we don't coddle our children for precisely the reason that childhood is for building resiliency muscle rather than protecting kids from boredom or hardship or failure.  On the other hand, there is a sense in which you want childhood to be this wonderful phase of safety and bliss and provision.

Of course, 2 years old is when kids are truly terrible, because their sense that the world revolves around them is dissonant with the rest of the world which doesn't act that way.  And there are just as many times that we don't give into Asher than that we do.  He'll be OK.  Even if he's a little spoiled.  And even if some people are warning us not to spoil him, while others goad us to spoil him even more!

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