I'm coming to realize that parenting is a lot like marathon training. It's a task that really requires one to put massive hours in order to develop strength. There aren't any shortcuts to be had.
Whether our goals be to raise respectful compassionate children. Dedicated academic scholars. Goal oriented athletes. What ever your wish for your children, the only way to get them to achieve any level of success is to put the work in while they are young.
The thankless work of shuffling them to and from school. Removing video games from their grasping hands. Reciting maths facts on weeknights. Signing them up for tutoring and lessons.
It just has to be done.
And when it's done, like when race day appears, you can rest in the knowledge that you did everything you could to prepare those little people for what lies ahead.
Parenting is the 26.2 marathon miles minus the cheering fans. Lace up.