Psst... there’s an audio version of this story. Upgrade to listen

Stop Making Everything Perfect for Your Kid

Children need to fail sometimes

Photo: Theo Heimann/Getty Images

TThere was a kid running at the neighborhood pool the other day. The pool attendant asked him to walk, as pool attendants have done since pools existed. The boy’s dad — a big-chested, serious kind of guy — came over to the attendant and told him that, as the child’s father, he’s the only one who gets to tell his kid what to do. If the…