An important lesson in parenting

I saw this yesterday and it’s actually rather thought-provoking:

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Sometimes we need to remember that while we want our kids to grow up “in our image”, they need to maintain their individuality as well. I was desperate for Alex to become a world-famous footballer – after all, that was my dream as a kid, wasn’t it every young boy’s? – but he’s simply not interested. He has other things he wants to do.
I tried for a while before I finally realised that he’s not me, he’s him. And that’s just great.

Fortunately, we never got as far as him having to write it down on a football and kick it to me.