Glen Hitchcock reports on Dake Elkind, best-selling author of "The Hurried Child," and a day he spent visiting his son's nursery school class...


"I was observing a group of boys, including my son, sitting in a circle," says Elkind. "Their conversation went like this"


First child: "My daddy is a doctor, and he makes a lot of money. We have a swimming pool!"

Second child: "My daddy is a lawyer. He flies to Washington and talks to the President!"

Third child: "My daddy owns a company. We have our own airplane!"

My son: "My daddy is HERE!"


The best thing you can do for your kids, or your customers, for that matter, is being there!


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Goson Premium
Thanks Rick, that's so true.
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Goson.
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Temujin1 Premium
So true Rick. This world creates broken families....
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cosmicradio Premium
Sadly, that is true, Peter.
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Calmkoala Premium
Out of the mouth of babes! That boy has the right perspective on life, much credit to his parents. Many thanks Rick, Sue :)
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Sue. :)
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MKearns Premium
I agree 100% with this Rick. I'll bet you noticed Vera has a similar post about parent child modeling!
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cosmicradio Premium
We tend to run along similar lines, Mike.
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Sui_generis Premium
EXACTLY. Time goes by so fast and you can never get it back. Sometimes the poorest children have the best childhood.
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cosmicradio Premium
Yes, sometimes that's true, Debbi. :)
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GayleneNepia Premium
That's awesome Rick, thanks for sharing :-)
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Gaylene. :)
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Mike-Writes Premium
Great post, my friend! :)
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Mike! :)
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amgolf Premium
Bite my heart.
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cosmicradio Premium
Ouch, Nattawut!
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spurway Premium
very touched , love it
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Sylvia. :)
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viyee Premium
Hi Rick, Great post. Touches my heart. Thank you for sharing.
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cosmicradio Premium
Thank you, Peony. :)
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verazhelvis Premium
Great post, Rick. I have not seen it till now- look at mine...lol..Should I be surprised that I hear music when I am reading your posts?:))
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cosmicradio Premium
I guess you should not be surprised, Vera! :)
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verazhelvis Premium
:))
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rosieM Premium
Perfect example of how we'd like our viewers to feel!
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cosmicradio Premium
I agree, Rosie! :)
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kasage00 Premium
that is beautiful
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Karin.
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tomanec Premium
Hello Rick,
The family at dinner:Mummy,who is the man cutting bread for dinner.Your daddy dear.Regards
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cosmicradio Premium
Yes, sadly, Stojan-too often.
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xanfo Premium
Daddy's love.
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cosmicradio Premium
Right, Alexandra! :)
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Chrissy49 Premium
That's was just beautiful.
You know, we think that if we work hard and give our families the nicer things of life, they will be happy. But being a stay at home mom, I realized that what they really want more than things, is you. Lovely!!
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cosmicradio Premium
You're so right, Chrissy-All they want is out time. :)
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NarasimhaRao Premium
Very nice.For our office/business we will spare and follow timings.
But caring Children also we have to spare some time.
I am working in Travels Company( Providing Cabs to Software and Call Centers. Our Cab drivers will work around 12 to 18 hours.They come to our office early morning and reach home late nights.The both times their children will be in sleep. To earn extra amount even Sundays also they will come to duty. Our Travels Office works 24 Hours/365 days. Office Administration and Accounts Department we will take leave on Sundays and Festivals.
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cosmicradio Premium
Yes, Narasimha-It sounds like that job makes it tough to find time for the kids!
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zcfpbaby Premium
Beautiful. Just remember a child "sees" a lot more than you think he does.
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cosmicradio Premium
Absolutely right, Sandra! :)
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reanna1 Premium
Yes, Rick! That's the best thing we can do for our children; be there - or should I say here? - for them!
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cosmicradio Premium
I agree, Rebecca. :)
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Beckyf Premium
Great post and the title is an attention getter :)
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Becky! :)
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AGOgden Premium
Cos, this is so true...I know from personal experiences BOTH as a son with an "absentee father" and as a father of 9, none of whose events I EVER missed even if it meant some kind of personal inconvenience in my career...children are the REAL treasure God has blessed us with...of all the blogs you have offered so far, THIS one hits me with a lasting impact...Many, many, many thanks,my friend...

Press On!

Arthur
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks so much, Arthur-Glad it hit home with you! :)
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DShensky Premium
parents don't always think their behavior has consequences---my father died more than 46 years ago and my memories of him are the abuse I experienced as a child---my mother died a little over 5 years ago 2 days before my birthday and we buried her on my birthday. What I remember about her was her negativity and how she always put me down---that's not the kind of memories a child should have when they think of a parent.

It made me more stronger and more independent because I knew I had no one to count on but myself---but no child should have to experience that and I could have gotten to the same place with a lot of support and encouragement
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AGOgden Premium
...you are absolutely on point!...and that which does not destroy us makes us stronger...obviously YOU are MUCH stronger...I salute you for your steadfast belief in your own self-goodness...

Press On!

Arthur
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DShensky Premium
I was a child with a disability being educated before IDEA became law so teachers didn't understand that I learn differently and the kid teased me because I was different then when I went home I felt no love so I would go in my room and cry and came to the conclusion that g-d had a purpose for me
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AGOgden Premium
...I believe that God is smiling on you with every breath you take...and we here at WA are fortunate to have you among us...

Press On!

Arthur
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KeithMaki Premium
All your kids really want is your time! Great post Rick!
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cosmicradio Premium
Thanks, Keith!
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Great story, thanks for sharing Rick.
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cosmicradio Premium
My pleasure, Veronica. :)
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halinphilly Premium
Cat's Cradle. A great life lesson. Being present is the best present in the world to a kid.
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VeronicasLuv Premium
Great song with a powerful message!
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cosmicradio Premium
It sure is, Hal.
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vanbot Premium
I so agree with this thought. No matter what kind of things you can buy your children, giving your children time is priceless and worth so much more than any swimming pool or airplane.:-))Steph
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cosmicradio Premium
You are so right, Steph! :)
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DShensky Premium
that just shows how close the parent and child are and how close they will remain as the years go by
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cosmicradio Premium
You're right, Davida! :)
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Marquette Premium
I love this. It is very true. I remember reminiscing about things we did as children with a few friends. One lady was crying. I asked here what was wrong and she said, " I did not get to spend that kind of time with my parents and family. You are so lucky." I have grown to know that I am truly blessed and more. Time spent is way more precious than money spent.
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cosmicradio Premium
Yes, you were lucky to have quality time with your parents, Marquette. :)
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Ivine Premium
Hi Rick, giving of yourself is important. Irv.
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cosmicradio Premium
So true, Irv!
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