I take real pride in being a dad, but even the most enthusastic parents makes mistakes. I remember when my firstborn was two he used to love being tossed in the air. One time as I gently lobbed him into the air over and over to catch him - I missed him... I was sitting on the couch at the time so fortunately he didn't fall far, but he did crack his head on the wooden arm rest after he toppled sideways off the cushions.
I felt awful - he never asked to be thrown into the air again.
I have a series of stories like that, little things where I think I could have taken a different path and maybe done things better - but nothing, NOTHING beats the parental fail story I am about to share with you!
Reddit.com has a section called TIFU (Today I Fucked up) and amongst some of the winning tales is possibly the greatest parental screwup of all time. If you ever feel guilty about parental failure - prepare to feel better about yourself: