Insanely busy today / tomorrow. Hopefully freer in time for Wednesday Whittle.
(HT Peter Grant)
Let me add a few:
... having your children test your patience to the breaking point and beyond, but knowing you can’t just walk away and find another ho because you swore an oath FOR BETTER OR WORSE. Ditto for the spouse and their testing your patience (and, probably, vice versa).
... teaching your kids that they are responsible for their decisions, and that as adults they need to own the consequences of those decisions.
... hoping your children are better than you are. Not better at "gaming the system" but better at working hard, being educated, more faithful, more honest, etc.