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10Sep/130

Parenting – When You’re Doing it Right

Using their computers for the first time.

Using their computers for the first time.

 

You know you're doing it right when your 12 year old daughter decides she wants to buy a computer. But not just any computer -- it must be a Mac -- "because dad wouldn't settle for any less." Not just any mac, a MacBook Air.

She faithfully walks the neighbors dogs early in the mornings or afternoons, and tutors their children when she comes home from school. Managing to save up enough cash she is rewarded when the day finally arrives months later and she buys her first laptop computer at age 12. Bought and paid for by pure perseverance.

You know you're doing it right when your 15 year old son decides that public school is just not good enough for him. He wants to attend French private school and is willing to go make the money for it himself. He pays his way to France to brush up on his language skills and returns to Japan ready to enroll. Unexpectedly, his full scholarship is revoked and he must find an alternative because going back to public school is no longer even an option in his mind.

Discouraged but not defeated he finds a fully accredited online high school with unlimited private tutoring and flexible hours so that he can also hold down a job, beginning his own journey to financial freedom.

He also just bought his own computer, an iMac no less, which he has every right to be proud of. Bought and paid in full by his hard work and perseverance.

You know you're doing it right when your teens sincerely thank you for helping them accomplish all of this, even though at times you feel unappreciated, unthanked, and just plain tired.

You know you're doing it right when you are not anxious about how your children will fare when they leave home, because you have seen first hand their own appreciation for hard work, perseverance, and best of all, gratitude.

Yes, you are doing it right.

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