He's pointing out, in a more flippant manner than I was (less so than Masada was), that childhood really is nothing more than a series of lies told you by your parents. I mean, did your parents tell you that you weren't, in fact going to be a president/astronaut/whatever you wanted to be if you worked hard enough, and actually told you you were going to do reasonably well in high school, go to a good but not great university, get a bachelors and work in a cubicle at a white collar job not actually utilizing any of the skills you spent the last 20 years honing, and will be stuck in that box for the next 30 until you retire? Because mine sure as hell didn't, and I'm really grateful for that. My point is the reaction this thread has generated is ridiculous. You're supposed to lie to your kids in these situations, as maintaining the naïveté of a young child is a lot more enjoyable to parent (and frankly a lot better for the child in the long run) than being a brutally blunt ass of a parent that creates a jaded cynical ass of a kid by the time they're 6. The last thing I'll say to this is kids, in my experience, don't generally like having everything told to them straight up. You can't make a child like, believe (I mean truly believe), or enjoy anything just through sheer force of will; and parenting to me isn't about this at all. A good parent doesn't beat morals into children, a good parent will create a household environment in which the notion of non-good morals hasn't even crossed their mind, or if it has, the right answer is immediately obvious. The trick is letting them discover the right choices (or right music, right interests, what have you) on their own, because a child who is being forcefed something, in my experience, will be as stubborn as a mule, and every bit as unpleasant. *EDIT* Hilariously enough, I just realized that my whole conception of being a good parent is quite literally tricking your kids into liking everything you like!