Stan Statham: My take on parenting

Parenting is not an easy task, but if done successfully I believe the rewards are terrific. My wife has enjoyed the rewards and challenges of raising four children almost all by herself and I have enjoyed similar experiences with the assistance of a couple of past relatives who helped me raise my two children. All those experiences have brought me to the conclusion that raising her four children was a much bigger job for her than my responsibility in raising my two.

Just raising kids can be challenging enough. I even arrogantly told my wife on at least one occasion that people should not be allowed to replace more than themselves. What a mess such a law would create.

I do remember also telling her that it would definitely help, at least in a small way, toward solving earth’s population problem. When she asked me then which of our six children would I chose to save and chose to eliminate she stopped me cold in my tracks. That’s because I had no decent reply.

I would never do that of course because I love them all. I don’t love them all exactly the same, but I am happy to admit that I am now very fond of all of them. One of the reasons is because they are now part of my family. Our last nuclear family adds up with my wife and me, along with our six adult children and the ten grandchildren who seem to almost magically have arrived.

Not to pick favorites, but I think two of my darlings named Hadley and Roslyn are perfect grandchildren as far as I am concerned. They are at this moment located near the top of my list. It would not surprise me if one of those two cuties eventually grew to become America’s first female President.

I suppose just the word “family” has an extra special meaning to most people who were lucky enough to even become parents. It really does not require too much luck since everyone’s hormones are more than happy to cooperate and make our reproduction efforts go on and on. However, meeting the responsibilities of being an actual parent is, in my humble opinion, a much more important matter.

It may not make sense to most people but I do believe that every child is different and at the same time just alike. Babies are born when they are helpless, pure and cute. No wonder our new humans all start out as superior beings to even their parents. I always smile when kids don’t do what their parents expect or what they want them to do.

Children are born into a dictatorship where their parents are totally in charge. Children don’t really get to personally experience our democracy until quite a few years later, about the time we quit calling them teenagers.

Did you ever look at a teen and say something along these lines; “I’m not going to tell you again.” A lot of good that did you right?  My readers usually have many stimulating thoughts. Please send yours.

My take on the movies

I recommend you see the latest thriller called “The Meg” starring actor Jason Statham.

If you ever saw Moby Dick on the big screen and thought that white whale was impressive, think again. I involuntarily jumped in my seat three times.

This film was very well done and will even makes you smile a time or two.

Stan Statham served 1976-1994 in the California Assembly and was a television news anchor at KHSL-TV in Chico 1965-1975. He is past president of the California Broadcasters Association and can be reached at

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