We hear a lot about the importance of good parenting techniques, and while these are essential to learn, it seems that there is more to being a great parent then being able to relate well to child. After all, there are many individuals who have good people skills yet make lousy parents.

In this Shmuz we are introduced to the amazing concept that Sarah Imanu wasn’t ready to be a parent to Yitzchak until she was 90 years of age– despite her personal greatness, she wasn’t quite there yet. From this we come to understand that the true essence of great parenting is being a great person – the type of person that can guide a child on their path in life. Which then leads us to the critical question: how can I, a regular person, become that great person that my children and grandchildren will want to emulate?