As Dr. Spock said, “You know more than you think you do.”
Millions of parents wonder if they’re doing things “right,” and, after raising four kids over more than thirty years, I have learned that tapping into the common sense you already have is the first key to parenting.
As our children were growing up people would regularly tell us how lucky we were to get such well-behaved and personable children. Although we always appreciated those compliments, we knew that raising respectful and happy children took a lot more than luck.
My wife, JoAnn, believed that some parents were ineffective because they just didn’t know what to do. I thought that they lacked confidence and common sense. Many discussions ensued, and I began documenting many of the lessons we learned along the way. The first thing we decided was that our mission was to raise children that other people liked to be around.