The Kind Of Parent I Want To Be

There are all sorts of parenting examples in our world. Some good, some okay, and some…not so good. I’m fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from the greatest parenting example I know.

Family walking up a grassy hill together

Am I spoiled? Hmmmm, let me think. If you would have asked me this question as a kid, I think I would have said, “absolutely not.” While my friends got the latest He-Man action figures, I got books at the book-mobile. (For those non-rural folks, a book-mobile is a traveling library.) While my peers were playing Mario Brothers, I was adhering to my parent’s strict “no video games” rule. Sugar cereal? Are you kidding? Cheerios boasts 1 gram of sugar. As my friends traveled between the homes of divorced parents, enjoying two closets and two Christmases, I was gagging over the sight of my parents’ kissing in the kitchen. While my classmates served alcohol at their parties and were encouraged to experiment with drugs and sex, I had a curfew and parents who checked every single time to see if I was where I was supposed to be.