When I first had kids, I really didn’t think I was going to have a huge influence on who they became.

Children with gumboots

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I mean, the world was going to scream at them through the TV, the internet, school and their peers. I thought it would be a battle where they said, "Yeah, whatever Dad."

Now my kids are young adults and I can't believe how much I have shaped them. They put carrot on home-made pizza, like we taught them. They eat broccoli. They go to church. They don’t drink. They are great savers. They picked up some of my bad habits too.

There is no greater influence in your children's life than you. Don't underestimate how much you can shape them, and then do your best. You might even reshape yourself too.

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at atthetop.org.au