Posts Tagged ‘reflection’

Of Fried Eggs and Teflon

June 14, 2011

It is surprising how as children grow into teenagers, they become covered in Teflon. Able to deflect housework with a single scowl, parental wisdom slides off them like eggs in a frypan. Even when the chips are down, they continue to deflect. It’s not their fault. It is their mother’s … their teacher’s … their sister’s …. Even if you weren’t there, somehow you are responsible. And, of course, as a parent, you are. Those Teflon shields mean that is hard for them to own up to mistakes, hard for them to assess their own behaviour. That is our job as parents to help them do this.