Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What do children need?

I got a message from Brant and he told me that Eli has memorized the first 8 Articles of Faith. That is amazing. I am so proud of him. When I was 5 years old I don't think I even knew waht the Articles of Faith were. I'm grateful for good children who are good parents, which all of you are. Even those of you who don't have children yet, I know you'll be good parents when you do have them.
I just got this in my e-mail this morning.
Author Jay Strack says children need four things. First, they need a model... someone who says, "Here's how we do it" and then shows them how by example. Our children sometimes learn more from what's caught than taught. Second, they need a mentor... someone to share wisdom and experiences with them... a guide by their side. Third, they need a motivator... someone who says, "You can do it!"... someone to encourage them. Fourth, they need a monitor... someone to keep an eye on them... someone who always knows who they're with, what they're doing and where they're going.
I agree with him. I hope I was that kind of father. I think I was to some extent. Anyway, I love all of you and I'm grateful for your willingness to do those things that are right and raising your children the right way.


  1. you are a wonderful father, and you are the perfect example of something that gets better with age. I am not saying that you started out bad, you were good and now you are great. I think most parents start out that way. I love you DAD!

    ps I hope I didn't botch up what I was trying to say.

  2. thank you Mechelle. I love you too!!