Being Your Kids’ Biggest Fan


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By Larry King.

I am an older father. Unlike many other parents out there, I have several children from several different generations -- two older sons who are 57 and 50 years old, and a daughter who is 45 years old. Now, with my current wife, Shawn, I have a stepson who is 32 and two little boys of my own. Chance is 14 and Cannon is 13.

I have learned many lessons raising my kids, but the most important one -- and the one I want to pass along to all of you -- is to stay involved. Be present and always take interest in your children’s lives, especially when they are young. Be your kids’ biggest fan.

I found this out the hard way. I was not always as involved in my children’s lives the way I am today. Unfortunately, I am just learning things about my older kids that I should have learned years ago. And, because of this, I don’t have the relationship with my older children I wish that I did.

When they were growing up, I was focused on my career. I wanted to make it at any cost. And although I was present financially, I wasn’t necessarily emotionally present with them. When push comes to shove, this is such a crucial part about being a parent. When you are an involved parent, you instill a sense of generosity and love in your kids that they will take with them throughout life.

With Chance and Cannon, I make them my priority. Work is no longer number one. Looking back on it now, it should have never been number one. When Chance and Cannon have a baseball game or are performing in a school play, I am always there rooting for, cheering them on. And they notice it, too.

It’s not easy being a career parent in this day and age. Technology has changed things for us; we’re expected to be connected at all times. It’s hard to know when to put your cell phone away. But it’s doable. There are ways to make both worlds work. Take passion in your jobs and careers, but carry that same passion with you when you come home at night and greet your kids. Although it’s satisfying to have a successful job, trust me when I say this: it’s much more satisfying to watch your son hit a homerun over the center field wall and then hug him afterward. Those are the memories that will last a lifetime. Not only for your kids, but for you too.

I have met many interesting people throughout my career. Some who are tremendously successful, and some who are still struggling to make ends meet. But no matter their situation, the folks who are happiest are the ones who clearly have a strong and involved relationship with their children. So please, take my advice. Put your cellphone down. Push that meeting until tomorrow. And get to that ballet recital. Nothing will make you happier.

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nonmember avatar Unable2feed

I've noticed that some people are calling non-breast feeding mothers selfish. Some are even going as far as to say that they have seen moms successfully work through all kinds of breast feeding trials. My daughter was in the NICU for 4 months after birth, after contracting meningitis from the hospital. Now I went home every night after spending entire days with my daughter and pumped with the BEST breast pump I could find, every three hours on a rigorous schedule, through bleeding nipples and all, and I DRIED UP. My milk supply diminished no matter how many herbs, teas, pills I tried, my milk supply was reduced to nothing in a weeks time due to the separation of myself and my daughter. What little yield I did get each day was full of blood from pumping so much and the NICU nurses wouldn't feed it to my baby. Then eventually I got nothing. No milk at all was coming out and I had to let my baby become a bottle fed baby. So the next time you ignorant ladies on all your high horses say "oh you could have done more, you could have worked through it" and give the notion that I'm somehow a lazy, selfish mother because I didn't breast feed, think outside the box a little bit. Some people have very trying experiences where they CAN NOT breast feed. It is not your place to judge bottle feeders, ESPECIALLY if you don't know what they went through trying to breast feed.

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