Sunday, June 15, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 166

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Parenting is a tough job.  Whether you're a mother, father, or a parent figure for someone, you know that some days serving in that capacity is tougher than any responsibility you might face while at work.

However, every day, while serving in a parent capacity, is the most important day in your life.

One of the lessons I learned from my dad (which I hope my two girls learn from me) is that the best parenting one can do is to serve as a leader when necessary, and to serve as a learner, always.

We don't know how our kids will "turn out."  We never know which pathways they'll take.  But, it is within our locus of control to help them see the best possible options that life provides, and then keep our fingers crossed that what we've tried to show them will help them become the best possible people they can be.

As I write this, my two daughters are playing with each other in the living room (my four year old is trying to show our eight month old how to play a toy instrument).  This is bliss, and exactly what parenting, and being a family, is all about.

My only hope is that twenty years from now, when I contemplate this blog (if blogs even still exist), I'll be able to look back on the shared decision-making we've done as a family and say to myself, "Things couldn't have gone any better."

I wish the same for you!

Happy Father's Day.

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