Over coffee this morning, my friend (Mamicomio's writer) and I discussed how our kids will probably turn out ok as long as we love them and give them the basics (structure, decent role models, etc.). Too often, parents are anxious and paranoid about how their children will turn out, worrying that they are not providing enough of everything to make them "happy". In my short little time as a mom and my relatively longer time as a teacher, I have begun to think that kids will inevitably become something great, as long as they are loved, disciplined and given experiences (both positive and negative) to learn from.
Take, for example, my brother and I. There are only two of us and we are total opposites in pretty much every way. Yet, we are both relatively decent human beings, public servants, love our families and are kind to others on a regular basis. (Thanks mom and dad for your patience as we both took "the road less traveled" to get to this point!)
We fall into what I am now labeling the "spectrum of goodness". As parents, we don't have to try and "make" our kids into something. We just guide them gently, teach them valuable life lessons like respect for others and themselves and add a dash of "hope for the best".