I have been asked many times what is the best parenting advice I have ever received. For me, it goes all the way back to 1984. Our first daughter Tiara was just born and Ron Blackledge was an assistant coach with me on the Steelers staff. He had children already and this is what he told us.
He said that we were going to say a lot of times…
I’ll be glad when they are out of diapers.
I’ll be glad when they start walking.
I’ll be glad when they are in school.
I’ll be glad when they can drive.
And so on and so on. You’ll be glad when you get to the next stage when things get easier and your kids can help you out more and more. He then said, but I promise you it will all be over so fast, don’t ever say that. Enjoy every stage they are in without looking to the next stage because you’ll blink and they’ll be gone. That is exactly what has happened. So Lauren and I have tried to enjoy every stage with each child. Sure enough it has gone by really fast so I am grateful for Ron’s advice.