If there is one thing I have learned in nearly a decade of parenthood, it is that there is no way to know for sure if you are doing it right. Only time will reveal how much you have screwed up your kids, and by then it will be too late to do anything about it.
This is oddly comforting. It is liberating as a parent to let go of the illusion of control.
Yet, we remain culpable. It is our responsibility to guide our children through their formative years, to place them on a path of happiness and productivity.
Yes, this is a contradiction. Clearly, parenting is a no-win proposition.
That said, some parents are worse at juggling this great contradiction than others. And some are much, much worse. Some, apparently, just don’t give a crap.
How can we identify these incompetent moms and dads? Who, exactly, are these people responsible for the decay of society and the end of civilization as we know it?
Simple: Only terrible, horrible, no good parents allow their kids to do these 13 things:
1. Play baseball.
2. Play golf.
4. Power wash the driveway.
5. Go camping.
8. Yard work.
9. Fly on a magic carpet.
10. Fly an airplane.
11. Go to the beach.
12. Fall in love.
13. Become sentient.
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