Actually, I’d go so far as to say that to be a great parent (or spouse), one does not need to be a gourmet cook or be adept at sewing a wedding dress. In fact, I’ve come to the conclusion that one doesn’t need much education either.
While I may have lots to learn yet, I feel that a good parent/spouse needs to be entirely selfless, have endless patience (and love, of course), possess common sense, a strong emunah in his/her Creator, and be favored with siyata d’Shmaya.
Ultimately, every parent must bear in mind that no matter how much we invest in our children, at the end it’s not up to us. We are expected to do our best and give it our all. But if our best proves not good enough, we must trust that Hashem will listen to our tefillos and fill in where we come up short.
So you see, Proud Husband, while you may consider yourself to be the ideal parent and are likely the product of the ideal home environment, many others – due to circumstances not of their choosing – rely on their schooling for more than just academic growth and achievement.
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