Nobody would argue that each of us are deserving of happiness. Most parents, despite layering on other expectations including self-sufficiency, want their children to be happy. But does happiness just happen or is it, indeed a pursuit?
Kids often hear the phrases, "You can do anything you want to do or be anything you want to be." But it's just not true. In fact, this is exactly the kind of thinking that further entrenches them in unrealistic dreams that take them away from one of the important tasks of growing up.