As a parent it takes a long time for the results of your efforts to become visible.
I try to tell myself that if the kids are still in once piece at the end of the day, I've done a good job. But somehow that seems setting the parenting bar a bit too low.
I also want them to become kindhearted and healthy human beings. And when they're whining things like: 'Mom, he's looking at me funny!' it can be hard to see those things in them.
So I'm delighted to report my fourteen year old daughter has taken up running! She's downloaded a couch to 5K programme, and is thoroughly enjoying herself. And I'm going to take the credit for this! Yes I am! I like to think that because she's seen me going out for my run, come rain or shine for 12 years now, I've inspired her to do the same.
I love to see this result coming in!