My oldest son graduates college today. One moment, he was entering kindergarten and the next he was becoming a man. Cherish every second with your kids because their childhood goes past in the blink of an eye.
A buddy asked me, "what do you think our job is as a parent (our parents would have said food on the table and a roof over our head)? For what it's worth, here was my response:
To love unconditionally
To create a sense of security
To build self esteem
To build character
To teach values
To build independence
If your child leaves your home loving themselves, loving others, knows right from wrong, and has the life skills to survive on their own, you get a passing grade.
I'm off to watch the ceremony, a very proud dad.