Is there such thing as an expiration date for parenting? I have found that the answer to this question is NO!!!! As long as you live you are teaching your child how to do different things. Even when they are “adults”, one finds themselves still teaching.
These past few weeks, I have been teaching my son how to handle business. Things ranging from paying a bill to dealing with legal issues. (ALWAYS HAVE A LAWYER FOR EVERYTHING!) The hardest thing for me to get across to him is that planning ahead is IMPORTANT! Waiting until the last minute will make you miss every opportunity. Waiting until the last minute to get somewhere affects the opinion of your boss or potential employer. Waiting until the last minute works against you every time.
As a parent, we must teach our children that THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A DUMB QUESTION. (Actually this is not true but I would rather him ask a question that may seem dumb as oppose to doing something and screwing up royally.)
My father and mother are both deceased and THEY ARE STILL TEACHING ME! I am still going through their things and discovering tips they had on doing things better. My father liked “improving” things so if I get a gadget and I see a way to make it sturdier or function in a more efficient manner, I do it. My mother would ask questions until you truly simplified your answer to the shortest possible answer or provided visual aides. That is the kind of parent I want to be for my son. I want to impart such knowledge to him that he will not forget. I want him to be able to look through my things, after I am no longer on this plain, and see how to do something better and more efficiently.
No. There is no such thing as an expiration date on being a parent. Especially if you are a good one.