The children we dream of and the ones we get
By BETSY HART
Scripps Howard News Service
Oh, how I remember all those wonderful children I was going to have.
The perfect children who wouldn't talk back to me, ever have a bad attitude, fight with their siblings, the ones who wouldn't disobey.
Actually, I think it was more that I was going to be the perfect parent. After all, even before I had children, I knew about original sin. I just always figured that I would respond to it so beautifully and so consistently, that I could help tame the effects of The Fall -- at least in my own household. I wouldn't get tired, I would never allow something to slide because it wasn't worth battling over, I would certainly not just laugh at the silliness of the moment or the argument, and hope my kids might too...
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