Jason A. Schermer D.D. S. JUNE 2018

THE HEIGHTS SMILE Herald

June 2018

J a s on A . S che rme r , D. D. S . COMPREHENS I VE RESTORAT I VE & ESTHET I C DENT I STRY

Mom and Dad were our biggest fans, and they did a lot of things my brother and I didn’t tune into when we were kids. UNSUNG HEROES 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 , May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124 ( 440 ) 483 - 1003 Thank You , Mom and Dad

As kids, we tend to take our parents for granted. I know I sure did. When we’re young, it feels like Mom and Dad are going to be around forever and that their only goal is to make sure we’re happy — when they aren’t making us eat our vegetables or read a book instead of watching TV. Now that I’m an adult and a parent myself, I recognize all the hard work my parents put into raising our family. With Mother’s Day last month and Father’s Day coming up in a few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on how my mom and dad approached parenting. My relationship with my dad was really different than the relationship I had with my mom when I was young, but I felt close to both of my parents. My mom and dad each took the time to show my brother and me how much they loved us, in different but very visible ways. My parents always worked as a cohesive team. I know some kids would joke about how, if they didn’t like an answer they got from one of their parents, they would just go ask the other one. That wasn’t how it worked in our house. We knew that if Mom said one thing, Dad was going to say the exact same thing, and vice versa. They always had each other’s backs, but they always had our backs too. Mom and Dad were our biggest fans, and they did a lot of things my brother and I didn’t tune into when we were kids. We went camping so much when I was growing up. As a kid, I would rather have

gone to Disneyland or Six Flags, but today I appreciate the effort my parents put into those camping trips, bringing out the tent and sleeping bags and making sure we got some quality family time. I picked up a lot from my mom and dad. The person I am today reflects the relationship I have with them and the relationship they have with each other and my brother. As a parent now, I appreciate the struggles my parents faced while raising my brother and me. It’s a juggling act. You want to be there for your kids and your family while simultaneously nurturing the other areas of your life, like work and relationships with your friends, peers, colleagues, and extended family. There are only 24 hours in the day, and sometimes it feels like you’ll never be able to do it all. But when things get overwhelming, I remember that my parents were able to make it work, and I try to take a page from their book. Being a dad is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Fortunately, much like my own parents, I have a partner who has my back. My wife, Michelle, is so supportive. She’s the foundation of our family, and it’s

thanks to her that I feel like we’re able to go in the right direction. We work together to try to raise our kids to be good people while maintaining our relationships with each other and the family as a whole. It’s not easy, but I love being a dad, and I’m happy to face any challenges in the name of my family. Will our kids appreciate the work my wife and I put into parenting? I’m sure they will — in about 20–30 years!

–-Jason A. Schermer

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