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Child Raised Well is Notable Achievement

45caliber Wrote: Jan 31, 2013 5:01 PM
The youngest of my kids is 32. All three have good jobs and work at them. It is seldom that one will call and ask for help. 9 of 10 times when they do it is help building something or repairing something. Two are married; one is single. None have used drugs to my knowledge and do not like them and none are alcoholics. None have been arrested much less sentenced for any crime or misdemeaner. Two attend church regularly; the other goes occasionally. All consider themselves Christians. All keep up with politics and are conservative. All love Mom and Dad. The one with children is determined to raise them the same way he was raised since he believes we did a good job of it with our own. I guess I can't ask for more.

Last week at a speaking engagement in Illinois, I asked my audience of parents to tell me about their kids.

Not just “tell” me about them, but brag. I gave them permission to boast. Pull out the smartphone, if they wanted, to show off the photos.

I had to cajole them into doing it.

Hard to believe, right? We’re a society that practically rents billboards to broadcast our children’s accomplishments. Our Christmas cards sing the praises of our friend’s children (rather than oh, say, the Baby Jesus). Heck, in the suburbs, “student of the month” bumper stickers cover cars like Turtle...