"You've done such a great job with Rob." I heard it over and over again this past weekend. Rob is a really helpful fellow, loved by teens, pets and small children pretty much equally. Even if someone annoys him it is hard to know. He is just so laid back that i often tease him that i wonder how he remembers to breathe. LOL
Folks at the beach were interested in his college plans and also greatly enjoyed his piano music at the talent show that happens annually there also. But I kept saying that this is Rob and he is the one they should give the praise to.
Sure, I gave opportunities and absolutely role modeled and talked with him about choices. But at the end of the day, who he is --that is on him. Rightly or wrongly and in this case, (knock wood) pretty spectacularly rightly.
I am absolutely proud of my son. But I don't feel like I can take all kinds of credit for how he is turning out. He came home at 5 and was a scared, traumatized little fellow. The fact that he was able and willing to trust and to soak up other life experiences is a testament to him, not me.