For me, the intimacy of organizing my children's closets, folding their socks, making their meals -- it was as integral to my life as their mother as watching them play sports or helping them with their homework. By performing these day-to-day tasks, I was able to gain an insight into their lives in a way that my husband couldn't.
I frequently tell my children that everyone in life faces challenges, some of us on the outside, others economic or emotional, this list really attempts to speak to parents of children of all backgrounds. While schools grapple with teaching children about bullying, parents should and can take an active part in helping children develop empathy.
If you read blogs or go on Facebook or even watch the news, you've probably heard about the post written by Seth Adam Smith -- Marriage Isn't For You. In the post, Mr. Smith writes thoughtfully and sincerely about his brief (1 1/2-year) marriage and the advice his father gave him about what marriage is for.