Take Time To Teach

And we built such a bond of trust. I remember coaching one of his soccer games when he was 6, and he took a knee to the gut that had to hurt. He got up and returned to his position—all of his teammates waiting to see the tears—and he fought it and looked at me so desperately. I wanted to scoop him up and let him sob, but I realized I was watching the first onset of his pride, so I just locked eyes with him, gave him a firm nod, and he played on. He was on his way to bigger things that day.

Isn’t it cool when one actually sees it happen?

Use Your Skills

Back to the start of all this. Sam tied the tie, and in a few months he’ll take his driver’s permit test. It’s great to know I helped raise a newly forming boy whom I can enjoy now as a fully formed, responsible, ethical, respectable man. That was my job—to get him there, and by gosh, he certainly is one cool dude.

All of the men in this country can make this type of contribution.

Indeed, as parents, we can be the changes we want to see. We can grow our children and families in a way that contributes to society and doesn’t just look to take advantage of its errors and mistakes. We can live a life of respect, and pass along great stories and family lore to our children and grandchildren.

We need to step up, to set goals with our children and help them achieve those goals. Giving them an allowance and teaching them how to save and spend are invaluable. We must explain why getting through school with a good reputation is important–a sense of pride goes a long way. The year 2013 can be one where we dig deep into our memory banks and pass along all that we have learned to those who love, respect, and model themselves after the person we are today.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at rdc@clevelandmetroparks.com.

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