Years ago I read a book by John Ortberg titled, "If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat". It was inspiring, insightful and motivating...at the time. I no longer aspire to walk on water, and would now settle for being able to tread water long enough to be thrown a lifeline.
Before my son was born, the plan for his rearing was developed. We discussed issues relating to education, discipline, balance, spirituality, diet and so on. Although completely aware that there is no such thing as the perfect parent, I was determined to get it mostly right. My wife and I were in synch and our united front would be wrapped in love and fun.