Why do parents compare their not as achieving child(ren), to like family or friends who were/are able to excel in school or why they do? The people who get compared to another, already know how bad we are doing in life, compared to another. So then why do they need to slap it in our faces, of how not 'perfect' we live our lives? It may possibly be because they want to imagine having the 'perfect' child of their dreams and imagination. But, what is that one saying that adults always say, oh right, your not 5 anymore, grow up already, pay attention, and behave.