The Jasper Chronicles

The Journal of a Cynical Dad

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

As parents, we do everything we can to mold our children into the bright, upstanding citizens of the future. Or we bank of the fact that we're raising a prodigy of some sort, and coast through parenthood knowing we're going to totally cash-in when the kids talents are realized! That is unless your kid turns out to be a prodigy of some inane skill like smoking cigarettes, in which case your little superchild is actually going to cost you money.

But back to molding your child. Parents are responsible for instilling all that is good and bad in a child; a love of nature, how to respect others and share their toys, and simply making good choices. From how speak to them to what we've named them, every decision a parent makes can have a lasting impact on the child, and affect them right through adulthood. When you think about it for a second, it's overwhelming, if not downright scary.

Today in the park I saw a defining example of this. There was a boy, about two years old, sporting a mullet! Talk about pre-defining your child's future. Trailer park here he comes. All business in the front, all Par-Tay in the back. What were those parents thinking?