Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My kids are awesome. Yours are just ok.

The other day, I learned something about the above statement: people hate to hear it. Or in my case, they hated to see it as my facebook status. One woman commented "Ouch - I don't even have kids and that stung a bit." When it comes right down to it, I'm not surprised that people are offended by that sentiment. I must argue, however, that that's exactly how most of us feel. We think that the things our kids do are the cutest, funniest, smartest and most creative things small humans can do. Other peoples' charming stories about their kids charm us less than our own.

There are scientific studies that show that in adoption, men are drawn to and connect more easily with children who resemble them facially. It seems like a species-survival-enhancing trait to favor our own. Even though we understand that I prefer mine and you prefer yours, though, people will give you flack for stating the obvious. Or maybe I just state the obvious in a harsh manner.

1 comment:

K said...

I think my kid is pretty awesome, but I think the same about some other kids, too. Mostly they are kids from his day care class, whom I've known since before they were walking. That long-term every-day contact probably has something to do with it.