Being the youngest of five, I grew up with really tired parents. My parents did their best but always settled for things. They were good parents but not the ones to encourage anyone to go above and beyond. If anything they would always try to compare you to someone else in the family.
As I got older and a parent myself I realized that it was not all their fault. My father was a hard worker and my mother did her best with us. My father was a registered Republican and he always wanted to be accepted as one. Living in Washington Heights not too many people followed politics but the ones who did always gave him a hard time. To this day I will always respect my father for sticking up for his beliefs and if anything I think this is best thing I have kept of him.
As a father of two, I try to implement great values in my daughter’s lives. I try to show them that there is a huge world out there and let them know that they can become anything they want in life. With technology so advanced today we are able to help our kids with their homework and learn what they are learning in school. We love to have family fun and great family vacations. We have enjoyed our time in Washington DC as well as a great vacation in Puerto Rico. We have also enjoyed Broadway shows and we make it a point to do things together.
I think that in todays society family values are lost. I think that parents are too busy to spend quality time with their kids. Some parents just let their kids control them and some parents let strangers raised their kids. We all need to take responsibility for our actions and remember that our children are our future. The seeds we plant in their minds today are what they are going to use in their futures.
Life is hard and it is only getting harder. If people don’t start to wise up our future is going to get real dim real fast. Parents need to get more involved in their children’s lives. Do not let video games, or TV shows raised your children. Have them read a book and let them use their imagination. As a parent we must learn to have an open mind and we need to always try to encourage our children to follow their dreams. The most important rule as a parent is that no matter how we want to raise our children they must always remember that we are not their friends, we are their parents.
Don’t ever let your circumstances dictate the way you live your life. Just because we come from the ghettos of America does not give us the right or the excuse to settle for things. We are more than just a statistics. We can accomplish anything.