Okay, I can finally announce it! Camille has just been promoted to manager and she “broke the record for the quickest promotion” to manager in her firm’s history. There’s no CPA following her name, but that’s a mere formality.
What some may not know is that Camille developed many of her management skills as a young girl in her home, neighborhood and school under the able mentorship of her mother.
You Go Girl!
Glad you’re back Bo!
I’m trying really hard to find just a little itty bitty ounce of credit as well, for her amazing skills, something along the way that I COULD have said or done along the way to influence her….but…it just ain’t comin’ to me. Okay, Denise can take the credit! 😉 Maybe a little to Bo too… congrats Camille! She’ll take care of ALL of us in our old age!
I knew I had great taste,this just confirms my superior judgement!
Actually, I was partially kidding about Denise… yes, Denise was a great example and mentor — she did a fantastic job. But, after being a parent for almost 30 years, I am here to tell you that our kids are who they are through their own effort and intitiative… their own creative processes… their own intellect and character. Also, I can tell you that they came wired… yes, I’m sure environment played some role, but as I get older I have come to think it’s much smaller than I originally thought… it’s pretty intangible and, I’m sure, varies from kid to kid.
So, how would I advise parents? I think the message for parents is to be faithful to God… parent the way He says to parent and leave the results to the child and to God. I can tell you what I did wrong and what I did right and that has everything to do with how I parented in relation to God, but not the kids. They will determine how ineffective/effective we have been and work it into their life. They can either build on their upbringing or let it lie fallow or, worse yet, see it as some sort of handicap.
Here’s an example. I look back on my parents and, intellectually, I can analyze and sort out what was good and bad, helpful and unhelpful. I can see character traits in myself that I see/saw in them, good and bad. But, really when it comes down to living, I take responsibility for who I am… So, reflecting on my parents and their parenting and how that impacted me, I have a real positive impression… I see them as great parents, I am completely happy with them and hold no grudges or hold them responsible or culpable in any way for my bad traits or habits or attitudes. It’s great for the parent/child relationship! I don’t have “issues” with my parents.
Oops, I left something very important out… While I don’t hold my parents responsible for my negatives, I totally credit them with the positives.