Wednesday, October 21, 2009

they're better off than we think

our grandparents wanted more for their children than they had. our parents wanted more for us than they had. and, we want more for our kids that we have. that more may mean education, money, opportunity or...

i heard anna quindlen speak today at a lunch for the 30th anniversary of parents in action, a great organization dedicated to educating parents of independent school children on the importance of communicating with your child. anna quindlen was funny, smart, thoughtful, thought-provoking, opinionated and had incredible conviction without apology.

she made the point of explaining that children are doing better. they are more accepting of race, sexual preference and women in the work force than we were at their age and even possibly now. that we have a generation of kids who have performed more community service than any other generation. and then anna posed the question: what's more important - being more accepting, helping others or making a lot of money?

as a parent of a 14 year old, i have always been more concerned with the values i instill than what profession he chooses. i'm realistic enough to know that money is important and it certainly makes life easier, but i love that my son is open, accepting and supportive of people...all people.

wwcd: maybe it's time for our children to teach us a thing or two

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