Damn, but this parenting gig is hard.
It's like scaling a loose sand dune sometimes. Just when you think you have a handle on it, the ground slips underneath you a bit.
It's hard not to take the report cards and progress reports as a grade on my parenting abilities. It's hard to know how serious to be with a six-year-old about his academic aspirations. When to listen to experts, and when to plant your feet and push back at them. There is no separating emotion from these sorts of discussions. Scientific objectivity is out of reach.