Sandy L asks:
I still sometimes feel guilt that I haven’t forced my kids to learn an instrument or even the 2nd language I speak with my mommy. They know some but are not fluent. What are your feelings on that? Do you force your kids to do things they hate?
The Official Grumpy Rumblings Parenting Philosophy ™ is that people are going to want you to feel guilty whether you do or don’t have your kids do activity X (or indeed, any activities at all), so do what you feel is best, which may be whatever is easiest for you.
Do we force our kids to do things they hate? Sometimes! I suspect DC1 would never ever ever bathe or take a shower if we didn’t make hir. Certainly not as frequently as every other day. And there’s things we’ve made them do the initial not fun parts and they end up liking them more later after they’ve gotten better, like cooking for DC1 or the tough parts of Train Your Monster to Read for DC2.
What about the rest of you, Grumpy Nation? What are your thoughts?