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Parental Priorities

Recently, at one of my clients' offices, I mentioned that we home educated our children. Dan replied, "Why don't you put them back in the schools so you guys can do some of the things you want to do?"

Well, I was speechless for about three seconds. Finally I said, "In our family, raising our kids well is one of the most important things in our life."

You could have heard a pin drop. The look on Dan's face was shock, followed by the realization that I was saying indirectly that raising his kids, well, was not one of his core values.  Fortunately there was enough of a relationship there to hold up under the weight of that moment.

Why do I tell this story? Because it illustrates for me the existence of an attitude which views parental responsibility as an impediment to personal fulfillment, rather than a means to become more mature and richer as a person, and as a couple, raising a family together.

Unfortunately, it is a common theme I run across in the work place. When I experience adults truly engaged in their kids lives, I am usually surprised. This inertia is one of the things that we are striving to overcome.

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