Tough Choice: Piano Recital or Football Game?


John Rosemond fields a tough question about how to establish boundaries between parents and children.

Dilemma of the Week: A mom told me her daughter's first piano recital had been scheduled for the same weekend as her college football team's bowl game. She got Grannie to go to the recital and she and her husband went to the game. Grannie disapproved, but stood in for them anyway. Mom asks, "Did I do the right thing?"

In the interest of full disclosure, I am obligated to tell the reader that I would rather watch a faucet drip than go to a football game. Or a basketball, hockey or baseball game for that matter. Notwithstanding my cultural heresy, I approve the parents' decision.

If the child was disappointed, so be it. Into every life, some disappointment must fall. Furthermore, everyone needs to learn that it's not all about him or her, and the earlier learned, the better.

Let's face it, folks, a first piano recital is not in the same class as a bar mitzvah or a tonsillectomy.


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