I wish there was more awareness of the disconnect between traits we desire in our children - leadership, creativity, risk-taking, or whatever desired qualities we seek - and our very own actions. If you want to raise independent children, give them space to fall ...and get back up. If you want to raise kind people, exemplify graciousness in your daily interactions. You want leaders, empower them to make decisions. Don't simply surrender to the easy excuse of "kids today". Parents are, and always have been, children's greatest teachers.