“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” Jackie Kennedy, former First Lady of the United States
Having four children of my own, I believe that the most difficult job I have ever done is parent-ing. First of all, it lasts a lifetime and I am on call 24/7. Each child was completely different from the last, so I had to throw out my templates and formulas and start fresh with each one. It is not a small thing to raise a responsible, kind, ethical, spiritual, competent, compassionate human being.
If I could give any advice for effective parenting, I would echo Jackie Kennedy’s words (First La-dy of the USA), “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” In other words, the work of parenting is of such great importance that nothing re-ally compares with it. To nurture a child requires enduring love, that draws every ounce of en-ergy, and every beat of our heart until there is nothing left. To parent means we sacrifice our-selves for them to live.