What’s Fair: a lesson for my kids

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On almost a daily occurrence, I find myself likening my one- and two-year-olds’ behaviour to that of puppies. These two chase, climb on each other, whimper, whine, bite, play tug-of-war, are territorial, and occasionally, have peed on the carpet. As they mature and they become, well… more civilized, one of the biggest lessons I want them to learn came from a series of photos from comedian, Louis C.K.

The series of images depicting a conversation between him and, I assume, his daughter. The little girl asks, “Why does she get one and not me? It’s not fair.” Louis’ answer is the best one I know of to this common assertion about one sibling from another. He explains that life is never equal. The girl must learn that there will always be those who have more or less than she does. Because of this, it is best she learns and accepts this now. The series concludes with him crouching down to the child’s level and so aptly says,

“The only time you should ever look in your neighbour’s bowl is to make sure they have enough. You don’t look in your neighbour’s bowl to see if you have… as much as them.”

There’s my “Monday Musing”. Hope all of you have a great week!

xo Alana

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7 thoughts on “What’s Fair: a lesson for my kids

  1. Oh, mine seem to forever want what the other has simply because the other has it! There are definitely moments I just want to pull my hair out. 🙂 Love the man’s explanation to his daughter though, especially the last sentence.

    1. Sasha, I can so totally relate to wanting to pull your hair out when they are going at it like cats and dogs (sorry, another pet analogy 😛 ). The last line was the clincher for me too <3

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