My daughter is only three, but I often worry about her.
I’ll watch her and I’ll see her retreating into her own head or become moody for no reason. She got that from me and I wish I could have blocked it form being passed on to her somehow. She has a very active and complex imagination, but when it combines with her other attributes, it can lead to some thoughts and reactions that would be more expected from someone ten or older.
I know you can’t shield your kids from everything – and even trying to often backfires – but I tortured myself mentally and emotionally for years (and still do to an extent) and I don’t want her to have to experience that. I cry often, seemingly for no reason. I feel like parents that claw their way out of poverty and vow that their children will never have to go through that, only it’s internal and although she has a robust vocabulary, she can’t always express herself.
It’s frustrating for both of us.
I think about this and then I think about Adrian Peterson and all the people defending him, and I get sick to my stomach.
Here’s what I published this week:
“Debt means that you had more fun than you were supposed to.”
– Greg Fitzsimmons
Enjoy the weekend!
Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.