A non-UX post. One of my kids, Ethan, ran for Student Body President of his elementary school. He was up against a dozen other kids. I don’t know the vote tallies, but I will just assume it was a victorious landslide! (Why not?)
He said, when he heard the news that he won, it hit him in the chest and he couldn’t breathe. He didn’t stop smiling for 2 days. I did help him out a bit with the poster and the speech, but the key decisions were all his. I don’t want to do his work for him, but at the same time, I want to teach him all the things I know. I hope I struck the right balance.
I kept telling him to remember 3 things in your speech: Slow, Loud, Clear. He didn’t quite remember any of those things, but it was clearer than the other kids speaking. Two kids saw the room full of students listening and bowed out of the race.
I am very proud of him and still feel a fatherly glow. All of my kids have so much potential. I hope I don’t mess them up so much they squander it. Fingers crossed!