Thank you for saying what I’ve thought but haven’t had the courage to speak up about. Very powerful article.
I wanted to stand up and yell “Amen!” particularly to your observation that your child’s happiness is his to discover, not yours to create. I wish I had heard this when I first became a mom. I tortured myself for years with guilt, until I couldn’t take it and let it go. This is not a common message in our culture though.