The following from "Home with a Heart" by Dr. James Dobson is titled "My Kid's a Superstar":
We all feel good about the successes of our children, and well we should. Problems arise, however, when the pride of the family is riding on the shoulders of an immature child. Boys and girls should know that they're accepted simply because of their own unique worth.
I'm reminded of John McKay, the former great football coach at the University of Southern California. I saw him interviewed on the television some years ago when his son, John Jr., was a successful football player on the USC team. The interviewer asked Coach McKay to comment on the pride he must have felt over his son's accomplishments. His answer was most impressive.
"Yes," he said, "I'm pleased that John has had a good season this year. He does a fine job, and I'm proud of him. But I would be just as proud if he had never played the game at all."
Coach McKay was saying, in effect, that John's football talent is recognized and appreciated, but his human worth does not depend on his ability to play football. Thus, his son would not lose his respect if the next season brought failure and disappointment. John's place in his dad's heart was secure, independent of his performance.
I wish every child could say the same.