Children: the awful truth

February 24th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

cherubs--fallen-angelsI would like all two of you readers out there in Dadwagon land to consider the image here and ask yourself: Are your little ones actually angels or the cross-eyed smoking/drinking fallen-angel types?

I do not intend to pass judgment on your sweet punk(in), but in case you’re not sure, I would like to leave you with three, admittedly old, statistics from the Harper’s Index:

  1. Percentage of U.S. children who say their greatest wish for their parents is that they make more money : 23
  2. Percentage who say their greatest wish for their parents is that they “spend more time with me”: 11
  3. Percentage of parents who predicted that their children would prefer more time with them: 56

I think of this only because last night JP forbid me to sit next to him at the dinner table (I overruled) and then later told me I wasn’t his best friend (Curious George was). He did, however, want me around when it was time to wipe his bottom.

Such is the life we have chosen.


  1. Teri says:

    February 26th, 2010at 5:44 pm(#)

    So, it’s okay to leave our kids alone while we go out to make more money. Because they think we are spending enough time with them already. :)

    My daughter is still is the phase where she says “but I love you more than daddy!”. I am sure it won’t last.

  2. Theodore says:

    February 26th, 2010at 6:33 pm(#)

    Teri–who knows. The stat, to me, is less about the specifics, and more that it hints a world from which our children, even at the earliest age, exclude us. That, and you know, lies, damn lies…and the Harper’s Index (exclaimer: which is rigorously reported and fact-checked).

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