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“I Hope My Kids Are Ordinary.” by Jennifer L. Gagnon

“I hope my kids are ordindary.”  A very good friend of mine bluntly came out with this statement when our children were still quite young.  I didn’t know what to say in response.  I had gone through the stage when all the moms were comparing birth weights, growth patterns, and sleep habits. These pointless comparisons seem vital to the ego of the fragile first time mother. Every week there was another tally of whether or not your child was hitting the right milestone at the right time. We pray our children are going to be healthy and know Joy. Did this mean we wanted our children to be ordinary? Were my kids ordinary?  As kids approach school age, new parameters are set in place; learn your shapes and how to get along with other kids by the age of five, learn to recognize and print the alphabet and numbers by the age of seven.  These stages of learning and development have been set in stone by the ‘experts’ of public education. With pride I boasted …