Your Kids are not Special

There seems to be a trend the past few weeks. Yes, I know, there are always trends. This is a good trend, a re-emergence of sensefulness. It gives me hope for the future.

In a recent gradution ceremony, the message was “You are not special.” Now, I’m not advocating a mass thrashing of teenage self-esteem by adults everywhere. That would be harmful and probably very messy.

My hope for the future is this, that young people gain an appreciation for the fact that they are entitled to very little (beyond basic human rights). Achievement and success should come after effort, after meeting challenges.

Your kids are not special, they are just like everyone else’s kids. Unless your 2year old is a member of MENSA. Then yes, your kid is probably special.

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About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home. I love Mondays because I can return to the world of adults, go to the bathroom alone and have nearly uninterrupted conversations with others.
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9 Responses to Your Kids are not Special

  1. galpod says:

    I like the trend of “you’re nothing special” much more than the trend of the unique snowflakes, for sure. But here’s my question: as a mother, should you not think your kids are special? More handsome and smarter than everyone else? Not that they shouldn’t work for achievements, that’s an entirely different issue. But I think kids need at least one person who thinks they are awesome.

    • I think they need to know they are loved and also that they are hugely important to me.

    • Kathy V. says:

      I feel like you’re right, it’s good for kids to grow up knowing that at least one person thinks that they are truly special. But I also think it’s important for kids not to expect to be treated that way by everyone, and that they not expect that bad behavior (or inaction) should be given a pass by the people who love them just because they do think that the kid is special. I think that those of us who think a child is really special should, BECAUSE we think that child is so special, hold him or her to high standards, rather than what seems to be common right now, which is to allow them to coast through life on their specialness.

  2. Erick Pay says:

    My child is special to me, because he is mine. He cannot expect that same consideration from anyone else…excepting, I’m pretty sure, his mother.

  3. shittydad says:

    My thoughts exactly. That guy is very brave though, to say the shit in this pc nation.

    • Erick says:

      I hope these instances are the start to a push back against all the neofuzzysociallyacceptable idealology that has made its way into our school systems.

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