Last Wednesday, I was a grandmother who hit a home run.
My granddaughter, a senior on her way to Stanford and her classmate geared to Georgetown – valedictorian and salutatorian of their high school class – were honored by the Regional Superintendents group.
That was definitely a double. It became a triple when I learned that both girls come from two career families.
After asking the salutatorian, about her family, I smiled from ear to ear. Her grandmother and I served on the “Sundowners – or working mothers – Committee” at the same high school 40 years ago.
So that triple instantly turned into a home run. The two top students from our suburban high school were raised by three generations of two career parents.
Actually, our granddaughter came from four generations of two career families as my mother was a nurse who returned to work when I was 18 months old.
Although the only mother, in my class, who worked outside the home, I thought Mom was a pretty cool lady. She had great ideas for Girl Scout badges and interesting stories about the hospital.
Best of all, like our granddaughter and our kids, I got a lot of Daddy time and that made all the difference. He was different from Mom. He approached life, conflict and problem solving in his way – very different from Mom’s style.
The sooner you understand diverse ways of approaching life and solving problems, the kinder and more empathic you become. 10 Tips to help you achieve this HERE
Kids who have involved Dads learn to use critical thinking, creativity and leadership to solve problems and make the world a better place.
Research from Harvard Business School recently found that working moms have more successful daughters and more caring sons. Sure it is hard sometimes. But well worth it for the entire family.