This is what most of us lack these days. You can’t will yourself into having genuine perspective. Sometimes you have to step out of your familiar surroundings and gain perspective.

When Ivy talks over Jackie, Daddy uses the opportunity to impart the awareness of perspective. How does it feel when someone talks over you? Perspective sometimes tastes funny. And it can be humbling. But it sure is healthy.

We realize we don’t have a balanced perspective about how great our kids are. Being aware of our lack of perspective doesn’t automatically make us appreciate them. Taking short breaks from our full-time together helps us appreciate them and miss them. But also seeing other kids interact with their parents helps with the perspective.