EVERYONE is capable of raising successful children if “parenting” begins before the child is conceived.  Parenting is a very serious endeavor and should be entered into with more planning and care than in purchasing a property, opening a business, or embarking upon any venture that has longevity.  My Mother told me repeatedly that once you make the decision to have children, you cannot send them back.  Her statement of this fact is forever etched on my heart.  While her way of sharing critical information may have been a little unorthodox; I got it.  In other words I should not take any long-term venture lightly; I was to remember that statement of fact as I made the decision to become a parent.  The bottom line is that we will get out of our children what we put into them.