Regression to the Mean — or Reverse Psychology?

Twelve years on (the age of my oldest, of three total), I believe I have stumbled upon the secret to rearing children who are devout, punctual, and rule-abiding:  be none of those things.

It will so irk your kids that they will be the opposite.

Plan B:  find a Significant Other who’s your opposite (check).

Kid Karma

Growing up, my parents would constantly warn that “if we don’t leave RIGHT NOW, you’re going to miss your plane!!”

Apparently, I am now consigned to hearing that from my (hyper-punctual) children — thereby validating Frederich Nietzsche’s theory of “eternal return,” who conceived of the notion even though he never had kids.

For the record, while I do tend to cut it close, in over 3 decades of traveling I have missed a sum total of two flights — one of which was an 8 seat propeller plane that left Arcata, CA early.

On my birthday.  In 1985. 

While I was furiously waving to the pilot from the tarmac 20 feet away (he must have been in a hurry to get back to Sacramento — the destination and my home at the time).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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