Last night I attended a meeting of like-minded parents, and we discussed our parenting successes and failures of 2013. While nobody wanted to pat themselves on the back, everyone was eager to confess their shortcomings. Why is it so hard to take credit for what we do right, yet so easy to condemn ourselves? Everyone at the meeting has amazing kids (myself included), so we are obviously doing something right. We deserve to pat ourselves on the back. Why do our failures carry so much more weight?