There are some people I just can’t understand. Walk through a store like Wal-Mart some time and you’ll generally see at least one parent shouting insults at their child in front of everyone else. I just don’t get that. Everyone’s home life is different, from schedules to relationships. I totally get that and I realize that many parents are working very hard to make it in this world. But I can’t accept parents who take out their worldly frustrations on their own kids. That isn’t parenting. That’s weak.
I think the one thing we all have in common is our responsibility to be great parents to our children. In ten or fifteen years when my kids stand up to speak at the inevitable campfire at summer camp I want them to have positive things to say about our home life. I don’t want be the dad of the kids who feel like their parents don’t love them, abandoned them, or care about other things more then them.
We all had that friend growing up where the family laughed together and people liked being at their house. My son gets to be that kid!
What is your home environment like? Is it the haven for the kids with tough family lives, or is it the place your kids are trying to escape?