When I took my daughter to elementary school, I always walked her into her class. I carried her backpack, opened her car door and picked her up as soon as school was over. We went on adventures as often as possible to fun and interesting places and so far, we’ve done hundreds of them in her life.
We got to school early and sat in the car talking about whatever was important to her that day. Before the pandemic, most, but not all, of the moms who took their kids to the school just dropped them off and didn’t walk them in. Most, but not all, of the dads walked their kids into class. Many moms just dropped them off at the curb.
I think that I am a much better father because I am older. I would have been a marginal father had I had kids in my 20s or early 30s, because I was too focused on my career. It’s sad that so many parents have no sense of being a parent. Moms that I run into are not playful, not interested, not engaged, not thoughtful, and not patient. It’s discouraging to listen to them talk about their children and what a burden they are.
Dr. Laura, you must be frustrated with some of the parenting skills presented by your callers. Thank you for your perseverance. Generally, I learn something new each day that I can apply to my life. As you teach me, I teach my daughter.
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