I believe these lyrics describe the crux of the issue around the spiking levels of anxiety we are seeing in children today. Many parents demand perfection from their kids—in academics, sports, hobbies and behavior. A lot of us over-monitor, over-program and over-protect our children. It’s hard to watch kids fail or experience the discomfort of defeat. Yet at the same time, we set the bar for them at “perfection” and we accept nothing less. We hope high expectations will motivate our children but, instead, our unrealistic expectations can make children feel like they can’t measure up.