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  1. #26014
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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I love little kids. They're so innocent.

    The biggest impediment that most kids have to success is their parents. The more that you expect from a child, the more that they will deliver.


    Well, first archery deer season is over for me. No deer, yet. Rifle season starts up after thanksgiving, so we'll see what happens then.
    Y'know JP my old man struggled his entire life trying to make ends meet and was racked with guilt in 'not spending enough time with his boys'.....but he couldn't, he had to do 'first things first' which was food and shelter. I am 56 years old and I gotta tell you.....I remember 50 years ago like it was frickin' 2 seconds ago.....walking with my Dad over windrows of wheat making our duck blinds to hide under. I remember almost every detail of that 16 gauge gun of his and chasing down the ducks after the shots. I remember the trips with Dad and Woody to hunt Hungarian Partridge with Ray and I trying to catch a winged one for 5 minutes without success......

    Buddy, you have no idea how huge an impact and character building you are doing.....
    I didn't hunt with my girls but did a lot of biking and when it all comes down to it......they don't want the 'stuff/trinkets/junk' etc......they want your time..... JP and Bret......way to go. You have NO IDEA how much you will cherish these memories.....
    And also for your Boys......way to go.....
    "The quality you deserve is not expensive---it's priceless"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Lockhart View Post
    Y'know JP my old man struggled his entire life trying to make ends meet and was racked with guilt in 'not spending enough time with his boys'.....but he couldn't, he had to do 'first things first' which was food and shelter. I am 56 years old and I gotta tell you.....I remember 50 years ago like it was frickin' 2 seconds ago.....walking with my Dad over windrows of wheat making our duck blinds to hide under. I remember almost every detail of that 16 gauge gun of his and chasing down the ducks after the shots. I remember the trips with Dad and Woody to hunt Hungarian Partridge with Ray and I trying to catch a winged one for 5 minutes without success......

    Buddy, you have no idea how huge an impact and character building you are doing.....
    I didn't hunt with my girls but did a lot of biking and when it all comes down to it......they don't want the 'stuff/trinkets/junk' etc......they want your time..... JP and Bret......way to go. You have NO IDEA how much you will cherish these memories.....
    And also for your Boys......way to go.....
    Ya know, Doug, we come from a similar background.

    My dad worked all the time. Not entirely sure it was just to "make ends meet" but that's neither here nor there. For quite a few years in my adolescent years, my dad worked 200+ miles away. He left home on Sunday night and didn't come back until Friday night.

    It was awful. I've turned down job opportunities; opportunities that might have taken me farther ahead in the career trail, because I simply REFUSE to do that.

    I took the hard, bitter lessons from being raised that way and applied them to the way I wanted to parent.

    Yeah, I work a lot. Sometimes, I hate myself because I have to work so much, but I also take time with my boys.

    I take them hunting, I take them camping, I just got back from an ATV ride with my older one.

    I always try to think about what I felt like as a 10-12-15 year old boy when making a decision that affects time with my kids.

    So, thanks, Doug and Bret and others. Know that I draw inspiration from all of you everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    I love little kids. They're so innocent.

    The biggest impediment that most kids have to success is their parents. The more that you expect from a child, the more that they will deliver.


    Well, first archery deer season is over for me. No deer, yet. Rifle season starts up after thanksgiving, so we'll see what happens then.
    Amen to that JP you talk to them like they are idiots them wonder why they are. Assume and treat them as intelligent, motivated and responsible and they will be. JMO
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm View Post
    Ya know, Doug, we come from a similar background.

    My dad worked all the time. Not entirely sure it was just to "make ends meet" but that's neither here nor there. For quite a few years in my adolescent years, my dad worked 200+ miles away. He left home on Sunday night and didn't come back until Friday night.

    It was awful. I've turned down job opportunities; opportunities that might have taken me farther ahead in the career trail, because I simply REFUSE to do that.

    I took the hard, bitter lessons from being raised that way and applied them to the way I wanted to parent.

    Yeah, I work a lot. Sometimes, I hate myself because I have to work so much, but I also take time with my boys.

    I take them hunting, I take them camping, I just got back from an ATV ride with my older one.

    I always try to think about what I felt like as a 10-12-15 year old boy when making a decision that affects time with my kids.

    So, thanks, Doug and Bret and others. Know that I draw inspiration from all of you everyday.
    My dad showed me how not to raise a kid, parents were divorced when I was 3. Me and my brothers went to his house every other weekend and a lot of times he was out playing in his rock band at bars. I know he realizes now that he lost any real relationship with us and he regrets it. When we were together hunting fishing and trapping is what we did so those are the things I enjoy most in my life. So know I have a 4 and 2 year old and wouldn't know what to do if I didn't see them everyday!

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    I was very lucky my Dad work often 60 plus hour a week when I was young I went into work with him often I saw work ethic as a part of character When he was not working he spent most his free time with us kids and mom. He did what you're doing JP turned down promotions for the family.

    JP you're a great dad. Trust me if you ever are with faced being told your life maybe be short. You'll look back and smile I say I did choices the path to success.
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joehvac25 View Post
    I have a 4 and 2 year old and wouldn't know what to do if I didn't see them everyday!
    That Joe is what one should feel as a major loss. Good for you
    If you help others then you are a Success

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    I love this thread.........
    "The quality you deserve is not expensive---it's priceless"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fcs View Post
    That Joe is what one should feel as a major loss. Good for you
    Thanks, it's hard to believe but there are people out there that treat there kids like an inconvenience, passing them off to whoever will take them, it's disgusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Lockhart View Post
    I love this thread.........
    I read here daily, even if I don't post.

    Full of inspiration if you're wise enough to find it.

    And, occasionally, someone digs up a picture of Holly....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fcs View Post
    I was very lucky my Dad work often 60 plus hour a week when I was young I went into work with him often I saw work ethic as a part of character When he was not working he spent most his free time with us kids and mom. He did what you're doing JP turned down promotions for the family.

    JP you're a great dad. Trust me if you ever are with faced being told your life maybe be short. You'll look back and smile I say I did choices the path to success.
    Coming from you, that is high praise, Bret.

    I'm humbled.

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    Reading about those of you that have children and how you are a part of their lives, makes me smile to see that so many of you realize the greatest assets you have, I have 8 children, 4 boys and 4 girls. my two oldest are married, my son bought the house next door to us and my daughter and her husband only live about 1 mile away, when I had my business in PA my sons wanted to always go out with me on the calls, my daughter even worked in the office till we moved to NC. We go on vacations to the coast every year as a family, get together on Sundays and sometimes more often during the week.
    My greatest assets are my children and I could not imaging life without them, the older married and single ones are now my best friends as well and they speak into my life and help me to become a better person, by talking to me about my shortcomings without being condemning.
    Thank you, all of you who have shared your stories about how you are raising your children, you too are an inspiration to me to continue being an influence in my children's lives.
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    Y'know for 40 years women have been on an odyssey to establish better grounds for themselves to be fulfilled and take advantage of the many things apparently men had been only the ones to be offered and enjoyed. We have helped many of them embark and travel this journey but the unkind reality is that they are now dying earlier and suffering problems along with us associated with stress and 'trying to be all things to all people, all the time'.
    Bottom line here is men struggle like hell day in and day out, as did my Dad silently, courageously and in absolute loneliness, to find 'balance' in being a good father, husband, breadwinner, coach, mentor, psychologist, example etc. The problem is this guys knows only about .00001% of the time whether I'm 'doing it right' as although I am not complaining, I am not 'measuring up well' most the time......until I read of the exploits, experience, strength and hope of others.......
    Thank you men....for that......cause I sure as he11 never said it enough to my Dad......who gave me a very full tool box for the mechanics of all this......but still have a very clumsy time with the 'comfort' part of....that my girls help me with as Sparky alluded to....
    "The quality you deserve is not expensive---it's priceless"

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