We have been entrusted with these little beings and we are to train them and teach them many things. It is the most difficult job anyone could have...difficult, but rewarding.
Here is an excerpt from Bringing Up Boys.
The late Erma Bombeck likened the parenting responsibility to flying a kite. You start by trying to get the little craft off the ground, and sometimes you wonder it if's going to make it. You're running down the road as fast as you can with this awkward kite flapping in the wind behind you. Sometimes it crashes to the ground, so you tie on a longer tail and try it again. Suddenly it catches a little gust of wind and flies dangerously close to the power lines. Your heart is pounding as you survey the risk, but then without warning the kite begins to tug on the string as it ascends into the sky. You release your grip little by little, and sooner than you expected, you come to the end of the twine. You stand on tiptoe holding the last inch between your thumb and forefinger. Then reluctantly, you let go, permitting the kite to soar unfettered and independent in God's blue heaven.
It's an exhilarating and terrifying moment, and one that was ordained from the day of the child's birth. With this final release, your task as a parent is finished. The kite is free, and so, for the first time in twenty years are you.
(Dobson, James, bringing up Boys, p.256)
I thoroughly enjoyed Bringing Up Boys and would recommend to all parents of boys. If you haven't read it and you parent a boy, click the link below, order it, and read it. You won't be disappointed. Dobson has also written Bringing Up Girls, which I haven't read, but I am sure it is worth the investment.