This may be a touchy subject for some parents, but this video (below) prompted me talk about many parent’s decision to allow under-legal-age children to drink alcohol in their home. I encourage parents to really think this through and consider how this decision scales as well as it’s alignment with your family’s values.
When you allow (read: encourage) under-age drinking, what will you say when your children engage in a different illegal activity you find reprehensible?
If you are looking for the PERFECT gift – here it is:
Interview loved ones before it is too late.
Honor key people in your life with the simple (and enjoyable) act of an interview.
When? Do it now.
Why? Because someday it will be too late – and you’ll regret it forever.
Aunts, Uncles, Cousins
Former teachers and coaches
Ask them about:
Their loved ones
They will enjoy it as much as you!
Here are some excerpts from an interview with my 88 year old father
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. And my brother and sister. And my cousins. And my children. And their children who have not yet been born …
What do you remember most about your father?
(A ‘fish’ story unlike ones you’ve heard before.)
What do you remember most about your mother or grandmother?
(A spoiled child figures out what is for breakfast.)
How would you describe your brother?
(Uncle Jack was one of a kind.)
What have you learned about other people?
(Don’t judge a book by its cover.)
What memories do you have from growing up?
(“No job too big for me.” Mike talking about horses as a young man near present-day Vail, Colorado.)
I will never regret interviewing my father
And it only took a few minutes.
However, you may regret NOT interviewing someone.
Please, for your sake and theirs – interview them.
When would NOW be a good time?
Alzheimer’s and my own ignorance makes it impossible for me to interview my mother now. It’s too late. I missed countless opportunities to interview her when she was lucid and healthy. It would have only taken a few minutes. I am writing this post to help you avoid making the same mistake.