Last weekend five of my six children came to celebrate my retirement (which becomes official on June 30), and it got me thinking about being a parent. What does it take to be a good parent? How is that measured? I became a father at a fairly young age (20), and knew nothing about raising babies. Hell, I was still a kid. I thought, maybe naively, that if I raised my child with love and was a good role model, then that child would be a good adult. As a pediatrician for forty years, I’ve seen many, many styles of parenting, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no “correct” style. My simple-minded approach, when I first became a father, seems apropos. Love your child and be someone they can admire. I can say that all of my children have become wonderful adults, sometimes in a circuitous fashion. Four finished college, two have advanced degrees. Two made it through high school and felt that was enough. They live scattered across the country and I always look forward to seeing them. I am very proud to call them my children. This being New Beer Sunday, it is time for you to try a new beer. Perhaps you could do it with your child. How does the beer look? What is the aroma? Do you like the taste? How does it feel in your mouth? Finally, what is your overall impression? Enjoy the day!