I hope to get some input from parents out there about a conversation I had earlier this week with a co-worker.
I was talking to my colleague about Harry Potter world in Florida. I was mentioning how I really, really, really want to go. My colleague then told me that she wouldn't take her kids to one of the exhibits, Olivander's Wand Shop. For those of you who aren't familiar with Olivander's, in the story, the person selling wands states that the wizard doesn't choose the wand, the wand chooses the wizard. In the exhibit, what they do is bring in a group of 15-20 people and choose one from the group to be the one to test the wands. She then said and I'm paraphrasing, "How can you tell you're kid we're going to go to this exhibit where they're going to pick someone but they probably won't pick you."
My thought was, so what? I think I know where she's coming from. She wants to protect her children from disappointment. Now, I'm not a parent so it's easy for me to say this so these are my thoughts. I can imagine as a parent you don't want your children to feel disappointment but disappointment is a fact of life. Not everyone gets picked for the team, not everyone will win the contest, not everyone will get an A on a paper, not everyone will get the job. I think for me, I'd want my child to learn how to cope with disappointment. Now I'm not saying to ONLY have them face disappointment but when/if it does happen, use it as a learning tool. It didn't happen this time and that's okay. Because if they don't learn how to handle not being picked for an exhibit at Harry Potter world, as they grow up how are they going to deal with real disappointments?
I'd be interested to hear from parents to see what they think.