The biggest thing I learned from my own children is how selfish I am. This is a lesson I continue to learn in new and different ways with each passing year.
Children (particularly the younger variety) don’t ask for their parents’ time — they demand it. Every time their request is made, I have a choice — my fulfillment or theirs?
I feel like I have failed this test many many times. (“Dad, your computer is more important than I am!”) But the few times I have passed the test by making the right choice, I never regret it. I’d urge you to do the same.
A second thing I learned is that having children has expanded my capacity to love. I was single until I was 29. Getting married expanded that love capacity. Having children expanded it further.
Special thanks to Robert Hruzek for suggesting this post.