My son, who is 13, and I were driving to soccer practice. We were talking about the team and the season. I think he was playing a game on my phone (most likely, Clash of Clans) so his contribution to the conversation was pretty much single words. Then he looks up and asks, “What’s it like in university?”.

“Can I borrow the car?”. How many times have Moms and Dads around the world heard this question? Millions? Billions? When you are a teenager, there is something about the freedom of driving that is irresistible. Many of us never lose that feeling.

Sometimes life can feel like an endless series of tests. Big. Small. Mental. Emotional. Physical. There is always something that will challenge us. But those tests are what inspire us to learn and grow. Our kids can benefit tremendously from our experiences.

What are you thankful for? For many of us, this is not something we think about on a regular basis. Instead, it gets buried by the big and little day to day negative things that happen in our lives.

The bond between grandparents and grandkids is one of the most precious of relationships. Grandparents have so much to give in love, wisdom and patience. And, let’s face it, grandparents can be a lot more fun for kids than their boring parents!