I wish I could say I was the perfect parent, but I’m not. I say the wrong things and embarrass my kids. Sometimes I pull the mom card and want my way, just “because I’m the MOM!” I try to get my kids to see how not smacking your lips while eating is paramount to the continuance of Western civilization as we know it. I want to help them understand that making your bed is the first step to success in life and picking up your towel up off the floor goes a long way towards not driving your mom insane.
As a parent, I can spin my wheels majoring on the minors.
However, as my 17 year old graduates high school, and my son finishes his sophomore year of college, I realize I need to think more carefully. Our time with our kids is so short. What do we really want to pass on to them? Surely my kids need to know things more important than the magical art of tidying up and the correct placement of silverware on a dinner table. [Read more…]