This past weekend, I attended a music recital where the participants ranged in age from 5-18 and played either piano, recorder, or flute. The music was beautiful and themed to set the mood for the holidays. The students were well prepared and poised. The stage was set and the post-concert table was perfectly aligned and displayed a wide variety of cookies and delectables. Most perfect were the words from one of the instructors that struck a chord with me. “Performing is nerve-racking; it’s supposed to be,” he said. “But it’s not about being perfect… no musician or performance is. It’s really about how you respond when you mess up.”
I’ve never been much of a math guy. That’s not to say I didn’t like it or that I didn’t have success in school, it’s just not exactly how I am wired.
Parenting is hard. In fact, sometimes you question if you’re doing it right at all. Couple that with the fact that it may be exponentially more difficult than it was even just 10 years ago, and ascending the mountain of parental success can look downright insurmountable.