From the July 6th issue of Fortune:
One of the best pieces of advice I ever had is related to what you just asked about, and that is the business of getting along with and encouraging the right things with your youngsters. Bill's mother and I early on were involved in parent effectiveness training, an activity at the church we went to. And the thing that the people there taught us and emphasize, which is so central and so significant, is that you should never demean your child. When you think about the centrality of that, in terms of the relationship with an offspring, you're off to a really good start.
That’s Bill Gates Sr. with what I think is a critical piece of advice for any relationship, especially parenting. I can’t fathom ever wanting to demean Jack. I love him so much and think every day about the impact that Erin and I have on him as he’s growing.
If you have any parent advice that you think is helpful, please let me know.