THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME
Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, what’s the hardest part about parenting?
A: I would say it has to be allowing your child to succeed or fail on his or her own. It’s hard to watch, and it’s even harder when you know it might actually hurt. But you can’t do everything for your kid all of the time, and everyone I’ve ever known or heard of who did something really great has said they learned more from failing than anything else.
— Barry Courter
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...