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My kids do a great job of making me one proud dad on Father's Day

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Date published: 6/20/2004

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We've also taken them lots of places and tried to give them a taste of many activities to help them find their favorites, such as Scouts, sports, piano, and Sunday school. The focus will no doubt narrow over time as they grow old enough to discover their own true interests and preferences.

We've impressed upon them that it's great to have a diverse group of friends and to respect their friends' feelings, but that it's just as important for them to think for themselves about what is right or wrong.

Of course raising children is never a done deal. They have plenty of time to make bad decisions. We can only hope that there won't be very many and that they won't be very bad. They are beginning to understand already that they have to earn our trust in their judgment.

For now, I think the best thing for me to do is to continue to enjoy and appreciate them while trying to set a good example. To do that, all I have to do is listen to them, talk to them, play with them, work with them, encourage them, and remind them that they're loved. I'll make a note of that to be sure I fit it all in.

It may be Father's Day, but it's a happy day thanks to the kids. And if they got their chores done yesterday, it'll be an even happier one for all of us.


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