I realize that right now you're...concerned. Your thoughts are occupied with concerns
of Azkaban and dark marks; you’re worried that your precious little will become
a cog in a violent war that will end in death and destruction (but also some
seriously cool DVD extras, so there's that). Being the parent of a Slytherin isn't easy and your fears are completely valid: They may very well
come to fruition. But I’m here to tell you that it’s going to be OK. Even if you're not sure how to raise a child from Slytherin.
I’d also like to add, I’m sorry that your child’s not sorry.
Because your child, very seriously, isn’t sorry. You know those times when you
make your kid apologize and you feel slightly sick to your stomach when
they do? Yeah, that’s The Slytherin Effect and there’s no chance that apology
meant anything other than, “I’ll find a way to make you pay for this
humiliation you're subjecting me to.” This is especially true if your Malfoy-esque spawn is under the
age of three. Those venomous snakes hold nothing sacred.
I should know, because
I was, am, and will forever remain a Slytherin.
I understand nothing I’ve told you so far leads to the
conclusion that it’s all going to be OK. If anything, I might have raised your
anxiety levels. But it really is going to be good...someday. Knowing how to raise children is hard enough but raising a Slytherin is a special brand of difficult. Here are a few ways
you can look at your child’s behavior differently so you’re able to sleep at