How well you do as a parent will be critically important to your future as well. There is only so much you can do as a parent, but the repercussions of failure are drastic. For example, if your child eventually succumbs to criminal desires, your good name will be tarnished as well. After all, it was your job to teach that child morals and common sense. If your daughter has poor judgment leading to illegitimate children, you may find it necessary to raise your grandchildren as your own, incurring an additional 18 or more years of time and financial responsibility you might not have planned. Of course, you could deny your child’s children, but could you live with the fact that if something adverse happened to those innocent grandkids, you had the opportunity to save them? Not to mention the heartbreak of seeing your own children fail in life, something you could have prevented with a little more time, attention, or guidance. You will only get one chance per child, and there are no do-overs. So make it count.