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For our February 2012 issue, we took a different approach with one of our Trés Papas. In the print issue, we talked about all kinds of love: loving your parents, loving your puppies, love and money. . . but here, we’re talking about a different kind of love: the kind of love that might or might not be, well, best in the long run.
Ask anyone over 30 (or even 20, if our own children are to be believed): kids today have it too easy. They don’t work hard enough. They want instant gratification, instant results. Now, every generation in written history has reached an age where they started sentences with “Kids today. . . .”
So your daughter is headed off to college. Aside from making sure she’s got enough food, and that you’ve bought out every store in a 25-mile radius so that she won’t have to buy any school supplies, toiletries, linens or cute dorm room decorations for at least 100 years, what else do you do?
We asked Lance Irvine what he’d recommend. Lance’s daughter just graduated this past spring with a degree in Accounting and is gearing up for the CPA exam. Even in this economy, she was able to get a job shortly after graduation. So it looks like Lance did a pretty good job launching this daughter.
“Don’t go anywhere alone at night, even when you’re in a rural area!” cautions Lance, noting that there really isn’t anywhere that one could call “totally safe.”
“Always go with a group of friends,” he continues. “We actually had a tracker on her cell phone. . . . we could tell where she was within 10 feet.” Contrary to being mortified, their daughter was relieved. “This way, she knew that if God forbid anything happened we could find her, or at least her phone, quickly. . . . they are still just so naive at that age.”
So send your daughter off to school, with a group of friends, a phone that can find her, and the best advice of all . . .there’s safety in numbers.
Lance Irvine, 40, is the proud dad of a brood of kids – from seven-year-old Hunter to 23-year-old Harrison, with a few boys and girls in between! He and his wife Becky have run Atlantic Boat & Jet Ski Rentals in Pompano Beach (east of the Intracoastal, north side of Atlantic Boulevard) for the past eight years.
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