Parenting, Old Fashioned Style - Part 2 , or how quality encourages quality

Here I go again...Part 2 comes to you in part courtesy of my son's recent question "Daddy, where does orange juice come from?" I don't have to tackle the baby question yet, but this one is just as important in my book. Why? Because OJ comes from somewhere, not from a carton. Someone had to pick that orange (and many others), ship it somewhere to be juiced and packaged and trucked off to a retail facility, then ultimately into the refrigerators of our homes.

That's a a shitIoad of effort so that we can enjoy "fresh-squeezed" juice whenever we desire it. While the cartoned juice is easy and accessible, nothing beats getting out the hand juicer and a bag of oranges and doing it yourself. What's the point? Well, I think kids should have an understanding of how things are made. This is the fundamental building block of developing an appreciation for quality. Without understanding what level of effort and give-a-shit, as my dad would put it, that goes into something, how can you truly appreciate it?

The ease by which we are able to obtain goods these days has made us lazy consumers and we are forgetting how to differentiate quality. This doesn't just apply to orange juice, but pretty much everything. As parents, its our responsibility to feed and shelter our kids, and while it may end there legally I think we all have an imperative to instill our kids with a strong sense for quality - do good work, buy well-made items that last, work hard to build quality relationships with those you care about. 

Start training your kids now to appreciate the nuances of those things in life that you are passionate about and you will see firsthand how quality encourages quality. I love spending time in the kitchen tinkering with ingredients for my cocktails and mocktails. My son loves to help me and knows that when the hand-juicer comes out something magical is about to happen. No Sprite or Mountain Dew in the world will stack up to a glass filled with the juice from one lime, some simple syrup and a little club soda. 

So make sure your kids learn how to appreciate things from you - not from some marketer somewhere. It's our influence that matters and guides them through their lives.