Well, that's most families.
My oldest (teen) daughter has always been an avid reader. She is excellent with grammar and punctuation, and can offer an in-depth review of the books she's read. Even though I was working with a critique partner, I really wanted a teen to read my young adult novel, and I thought she could be quite handy to have in my corner. I say could, with a grain of salt and a dash of hope, because she can also be quite critical.
In fact, for over a year she downright refused to read it.
At first when I asked, she said s didn't want to because she didn't think I would even finish writing it.
When I asked her to read my completed and revised manuscript, she quite honestly replied, "I don't think I'm going to like it."
Okay, I know that was harsh. Please don't judge her. Trust me, I'm judging her enough for all of us. Just kidding. We really do have a wonderful relationship.
Then one day she said if I wanted to download it onto her Nook, she would read it. I casually said, "Okay, whatev."
I had to force myself to leave her alone, and not stare over her shoulder. I thought I would literally crawl out of my skin, waiting for her to finish.
Luckily, she is a fast reader.
Thankfully, she couldn't put it down.
She flashed me a funny smile and sighed. I immediately realized what was going on -- she doesn't like to admit when she's wrong. I kept a straight face and waited. Finally, she said, "It's awesome."
That honestly is a moment I will never forget. It meant so much to me. As did her excitement as she discussed a certain character and that characters conclusion.
So, that's my story. Do you have a story about sharing your work with family?