M- Mom did you write a post?
Me- Yes, I did. I talked about you.
M- Can I read it?
Me- It has some language.
M- Thought you didn’t believe in coddling.
Me- Funny. There is a difference. Not everything is appropriate for a child to read or hear.
M- I know. Can I read it?
I let her read it.
M- That is a really good post mom.
Me- Do you have anything to say about what I wrote about you?
M- Like what?
Me- Like maybe you could give yourself a break.
M- No. How will I get into a good college or get a sports scholarship if I don’t work hard and make sacrifices.
Me- You won’t. You do have to try and work hard and make sacrifices, I am just saying that maybe if you do all that and you fall short, it could just be something that stinks instead of an attack on your character. You don’t have to be perfect to BE perfect.
M- I know. I am not a perfectionist, I just don’t like to make any mistakes.
Me- Have you looked up the definition of perfectionist recently?
M- So today at school Billy was flirting with Suzy and Mary was upset because she likes Billy and I thought why do girls waste their time on boys at this age… She spend the next 20 minutes telling me about her day.