Number of kids: 2
Here's a tip that I actually received from my dad, but did not realize it till many years later. Most children go through many short-lived but intense "phases" throughout childhood. My sons have gone the gambit of dinosaurs, jets, police, fire, army, animals, drawing, plate collecting, civil war collecting and much more. We as parents have two options:
When I was young I remember I casually told my dad I was becoming interest in astronomy and grabbed a book at the library showing star formations. My dad scooped me up, threw me in the car, and in a moment was banging on the door of a closed department store begging the manager to let him in to buy a telescope.
At another point, I told him that seashells was my interest. He called Scripps institute of Oceanography in La Jolla. CA to arrange a meeting with a leading conchologist.
He left me a legacy of self-learning that I am passing on to my sons, we can either be lackadaisical in our children's education, or fervent. As for me, fervency made me a success in the business world and my chosen profession and I want nothing less for my kids.
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