"It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings."
-- Ann Landers
Wise words from one of the queens of advice columnists.
If our parents had brought us up to COMMUNICATE with our loved ones, wouldn't we all be better off?
If our parents had brought us up to RECOGNIZE another human beings' intrinsic value, simply by their "being", wouldn't we all be better off?
If our parents had taught us, well and good, that "What goes around, comes around", wouldn't we all behave differently, and therefore, wouldn't we all be better off?
So where does a parent "fail" in those basic Life Lessons. How do they go about instructing their offspring to treat others as they would like, in turn, to be treated?
And how does a parent teach their children to be LOVING, even in the face of adversity, so as to avoid TEARING THOSE CLOSEST TO THEM ... up? How?!
Where did my parents fall down on the job? And where did Mark's parents fall down on the job? Hard to say.
But they did.