Are you a committed parent? Do you place family first? Is your success at home as important as the success you achieve in other areas of your life?
In spite of the cookies, punch, temporary suspension of school work, and the festive atmosphere of this atypical school day, Betsy, a third grader in a suburban Michigan elementary school, was not having a good day. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that she is 30 pounds overweight and just opened her fifth valentine containing a picture of a pig.
Our siblings are usually the people we know longest in this life, but it's striking how many people have distant, even hostile relations with their brothers and sisters. Family tensions related to sibling rivalries wear on parents individually, and sometimes can challenge their marriage so it's important to tackle them in steady, systematic ways.
Charity and the spirit of giving have been elevated to a new level following the recent Asian tsunami. After witnessing the horrific images of pain and suffering streaming steadily across their TV sets, more people than ever before have dipped deeper into their own pockets to offer needed relief to the survivors of this unprecedented tragedy.
In an effort to influence Caitlin's behavior in the grocery store, her father told her, "If you don't stop that. I'm going to leave you here." Following Mack's confession that he had helped himself to recently baked cookies, his mother scolded him, "You ought to be ashamed of yourself."
Regardless of the challenges, it's a job that's easy to love! The benefits are out of this world! The hours are full of hugs and kisses and you see everything you put into it. When challenges turn into rewards right before your eyes you experience an overwhelming sense of relief.
Dear Mr. Dad,
My son was born four months ago, and things are starting to settle down. But every time I sit down to do some extra work on the computer, I feel guilty about leaving my wife to take care of him since she's with him all day long. I try to help, but I also need to get ahead with work. What should I do?
by Ann Douglas
My mom gave me this 'Mother's Journal' when I was pregnant. She wrote something in it for me, but her words just sounded corny to me before Ryan was born. But when I read it after he was born, her message made me cry. She had written 'Welcome to the Club!' It brings tears to my eyes even now.
- Tracy Moroney, mother of two, Burlington, Ontario
Our baby just had her first birthday, and my husband and I are getting along OK, but the problem is he's really frustrated that we almost never make love because I usually feel too tired and "touched-out" when we finally get to bed.
As we brave the holiday shopping crowds -- trying ot decide whether to give Barney or Big Bird, action figures or dolls -- one can wonder about the tru gifts of parenting.