I Regret Putting My Daughter in Honors Classes

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Turns out, I was wrong.

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What we realized too late was that she’s never going to cure cancer, sit on the Supreme Court, or invent some amazing new technology. It’s not that she can’t do it. She doesn’t want to.

What I realized is that whatever her version of success looks like needs to be defined by her. She will find that path. I should have trusted her intelligence.

She’s 16. There’s plenty of time to feel the crushing weight of life’s obligations. I already know she’s tough. That doesn’t have to be tested now.

*Raising this human has been the most beautiful and gut-wrenching thing I’ve ever done. I wouldn’t trade it for the world:

Flaming pinball, nerd, music lover, wine snob, horrible violin player. No, I won’t stop taking pictures of my drinks. vanessaltorre@gmail.com IG: vanessaltorre

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