Thursday, January 22, 2009

Have you met my kids?

This handsome group of young adults are my kids. The cutie on the left is my daughter-in-law Heather, the cool dude in the center is her husband and my younger son Peter, and the laid-back hunk on the right is my older son Zack. Heather is an RN working in a pediatric ICU, Peter in a landscape architect/land planner who works for a small design firm, and Zack is a graduate student in Social Work who's also a former Special Ed. teacher and technical media specialist and instructor at the University of Georgia.

Zack lives 4 hours to the east in Florida and Peter and Heather live 4 hours to the north and west in Mississippi. We enjoy our visits with them and we're enjoying watching the responsible young people they've grown-up to become, even if it's from a distance. In his book, Bringing Out The Winner in Your Child, John Croyle reminds us that, as parents, our job is to help our kids pack their bags and ready them to leave home. To paraphrase the Peace Corps slogan, parenting is the hardest job you'll ever love.
Here are a couple of my favorite sayings about kids and parenting:

  • "I wouldn't take a million bucks for my kids but I wouldn't give you a dime for a hundred more just like 'em."
  • "Grandkids are God's reward for not killing your own children."
  • "Every crow thinks his kids are the blackest." (this one came from my grandmother)
How do you think parenting has most affected your own life?

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