My daughter is a very well-behaved child and that worries me.

I was too, for that matter. So was my wife. Generally speaking, we didn’t get in trouble. We followed the rules. We aggravated our parents from time to time, but that was about the extent of our rebellion.

We heard, over and over again, “you’re so well-behaved.”

“You’re so polite.”

“What a good kid you are.”

These affirmations aren’t the result of doing something special, but because you did nothing special. Nothing remarkable. You were no bother. And that’s the entire point.

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