It is not my goal to make my children’s lives easy. To be sure, neither is it my purpose to make their lives difficult. Rather, it is my goal and purpose to train them and shape them and prepare them for the lives they will be leading when they are no longer under my wing. And so, as any coach or trainer would, I must keep fresh in my mind the knowledge that difficulty often accompanies or even progresses the goals of training; ease rarely does. This does not mean I am to become a rigid, imposing drill instructor with no grace or mercy, but rather my love for my children compels me to stay focused on the larger purpose over the desires of any given moment.