Maybe parental instinct and adrenaline would help me step up yo protect my child. But I can’t be totally sure. Paternal anxiety sucks.
So how do you prevent your kids from making the same mistakes you made? I don’t think you can. And I’m not sure you should.
I’ll have that one slip-up and I’m back to zero again. It’s a vicious cycle. It’s soul-sucking. It’s Sisyphus. Thankfully, you do get points for trying.
Nothing puts a halt to your fears that your child is growing up too fast like watching him play an organized sport.
I like recognition as much as the next guy, but why should my child reward me for NOT being a terrible dad on Father’s Day?
I also won’t let my son play with guns, or ride a bike without a helmet or use heroin. There’s just too much risk. I can live with my son missing out on those things, so long as my son is living.