Wednesday, February 2, 2011
What does it mean to be a good parent?
All children are different, all families are different, and all parents are different. Most people who have kids want to do a good job of raising them, but what does that mean? We can't control the future, so how will we know if we succeeded or not?
It helps to think about our own memories. Whether our own parents were good ones or not, we all have memories of our childhoods. What do we want our kids to remember about theirs?
Yes, we want our kids to be responsible adults and a lot of that depends on the things we teach them, but probably their most important memories will be of time we spent with them and ways we showed them our love.
Some of my fondest memories are of playing on the floor with my father after dinner, my parents reading us bedtime stories, and all of us singing together.
What are your fondest memories?