You see them every day. The bumper sticker on the mini-van in front of you; "My child is an honor student at upper-middle-class elementary school". It makes you wonder if all these folks are from Garrison Keilor's fictional hometown of Lake Wobegon where "all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average." I say "Sodier on, faithful parents!" Kids need encouragement. Adults need encouragement also. I was recently in a situation as a counselor with a client that had great difficulty thinking of a single accomplishment in 27 years of life. Part of the difficulty was the inability to recognize accomplishments as such, but most of her challenge is that she really has not accomplished much--nor has she tried. After many tears, excuses, and anxiety, a brief list was composed. Here is the point; Every one of us is accomplishing less than our potential, including your kids. Whoa, there, Roxy. You are stepping on some toes now. Well, when you have about 8 minutes, watch this video of an ELEPHANT that has been trained to paint a self-portrait. I am not making this up. It takes a few minutes to watch but that allows you to see that it is not fake. Sure he makes himself look a little thinner than he really is (and taller) but I would do the same.
What do you think? Is more possible than you previously thought?
Oh yeah, my new bumper sticker says "My Elephant Paints Better than your Elephant!"