Do Better

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My only child has a birthday coming in a few days. Every birthday reminds me of a harder time in my life, but a time when I was resilient. Nothing could or would keep me from doing what I wanted, and nothing did.

I dare say that I’ve grown up as my son has and I’ve learned a lot…knowing that being able to learn and grow is the foundation of a better life, I started my journey early.

We only get one shot on the planet, I’ve been telling my son about the real world since he was much smaller. Keeping your children in the dark about the world is the worst thing you can do to their future. After all, as a parent its our job to prepare them for life and hope they make it successful. Don’t handicap them with ignorance.

I tell my boy I want him to do better than me, better than my dad and better than my grandma. We work our asses off, hours on end, I don’t want him to work so hard.

He laughs but I know it’ll ring in his head later. Liking what you do is great but let’s face it, you don’t get to start out that way unless you know people. I am brutally honest with my son because he has to do better.

Looking back on your generation and the ones before it..does the situation improve? What do you tell your children about success in their future?


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  12. I tell him, look at your parents, hon. One maintained straight As through school but didn’t finish college, so now she works in a decent job making decent money and she doesn’t hate it. The other lazed through school not caring, failed a grade, and is now miserable every working day and most others too, because his body hurts from working so hard. I tell him the harder you work and the earlier you do it, the better it is. Neither of us finished college, but we’re the perfect example of what a difference high school can make, LOL. It’s all about doing things right the first time and busting your butt once instead of over and over for the rest of your life.

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