I forgot to mention Bill Cosby. Seriously.
During the mid-80s and early 90s ~ my 20s ~ I watched Heathcliff and Claire Huxtable negotiate the oft piranha-filled waters of parenting. What I liked best about the show was the intelligence and involvement of both parents; I can't think of another show that has since portrayed such positive images of a mother and father.
As parents and lovers.
For fun today ~ but also as instruction ~ I'm sharing a video clip that left an indelible mark in my memory. This episode (I think the show's pilot) has come to mind countless times during my parenting experience, and if you haven't seen it, you need to.
You'll want to watch the entire clip; at the three-minute mark comes an eloquent speech by a son to his father. I can't help but wonder how differently Cliff's response would be today, in a pop culture that sometimes (at least on television) elevates a child's expression over wise parenting.
Parenting Teens & Tweens, Day 22
We're nearing the end of our 31-day Parenting adventure; I'm grateful for those of you who are following the series. Again, I'm not writing this because I think I know it all or because my kids are perfect. I'm just a mom with three teens who has a little experience under my belt, and my kids are turning into the kind of decent people I hoped they would when I entered this world as a mom.