Happy Fatherhood

Ambition by Proxy

All of us have some sort of desire for the outcome for our children, whether it's as minimal as a desire that they should stay off hard drugs, or as complex as their choice of career, income bracket, type of woman he should marry and that he should have a grandson, to be named after his wise and benevolent grandfather.

Needless to say, the more of these expectations we have, the more stressful the lives of both our children, and us. Shedding them is no easy matter though.

It's not considered poilitically correct to mention it, but looking at my cohorts, it's pretty clear that those who have more money are leading less stressful lives, and consequently I do hope my children earn more than enough for their needs. Just this one desire for them is my motivation for pushing them (OK, so far only him) at school, and consequently the source of my stress.

It's ironic then that in the name of a probably less stressful future, I'm giving him a certainly more stressful present.

Will I get the results I want? Possibly. Will I be stressed about it along the way? Certainly. Is it worth it? Probably not.

Posted on 2012-08-13 12:19:50

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