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).
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).