I've read a few blogs lately. A few Christmas newsletters. Seen a few Facebook posts. Heard a few stories. Proud parents sharing the happy news of kid successes. Top of the class. The sports award. The excellence results.
Is your kid one of these? A high achiever?
Be proud. Congratulate them. Urge them to do it again next year.
And while you're there would you mind taking a moment to get them to think. About the other kids. The rest of the class.
For every kid who wins there are 2 or 3 dozen others who don't. These dozens will never be top of the class. Or play in a representative sports team. They struggle to make an achieve grade.
These kids, through their own lesser ability, allow your child to shine.
These kids learn early about disappointment. They learn not to get their hopes up. They know they will never be feted or lauded. They know what second place or last is like.
Spare a thought for them.