I had a nice visit with my Mom recently.
She will celebrate her 80th birthday this year.
My parents always made sure we (my 2 brothers, sister and I) recognized the importance of our immediate and extended family.
As the youngest child, I had the opportunity to get away with a lot more than my siblings.
Looking back, I was able, for the most part, to make good choices when a lot of other kids did not.
It wasn't that I didn't want to try something that might be illegal or risky.
It was because I always worried that if caught, it would bring shame upon my family.
Having a strong family bond usually allowed me to make good choices.
I hope it will do the same for my kids.