Bringing Up Boys

Dr. James Dobson wrote the book Bringing Up Boys.  
Keith and I were part of a Bible study group that read this book 
when Clay, our oldest, was very young.  
It didn't take us long to realize that we had parenting mastered.  
Clay was quiet, polite, and didn't attempt all the dangerous things that other little boys did. 
We spent the duration of that study patting ourselves on the back.

Then along came Cole 2-1/2 years after Clay.  
We pulled out the book and took a quick refresher course for ourselves.  
Still, not too shabby.

Fast forward 4 years, and our peaceful family of four welcomed Carson the Great.  
Carson is now eleven years old, and I haven't had time to re-read through even 
the first chapter, although I desperately need it.  
When I started this blog, he was 4 years old.  
At that time,  I was often busy looking for him in trees, protecting the pets, 
and making sure the gun safe was locked.  These days, it's all that and much more.  
Needless to say, we've found out that we don't have parenting mastered after all...