Not only does it take a community to raise a child, but it takes a community to make strong families that can survive a failed marriage or a lost job,
Parents who expose kids to adult topics through art, open discussion of difficult topics.
Relationship building is challenging with unlike minded relatives.
A weekend away without the kids is a time to reflect, plan and make decisions.
Between cutting yet another tangled line and refitting yet another rod there was real pleasure in teaching my kids to cast and help them net their first big fish.
Mark kids' birthdays, not as occasions to eat too much and get piles of toys, but as milestones in their lives, steps towards adulthood and maturity.