How to bring out the best in both parents

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How to bring out the best in both parents

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My wife is an enormous support to me in assisting me in being a better father. It sounds cliché, but communication and teamwork is critical in raising a great kid. And with the advent of cell phones, when I would leave the office after a long day, I'd always call my wife and say that I was on my way home and we'd kind of catch up on what had happened during the day. And she would give me what I call a heads-up that there was an issue with one of the kids, or something that happened at school, or there'd been a bad grade in a class, or one of the kids really had a lot of anxiety about something. And it would give me the opportunity, as I was driving home, to come up with a reasonable response to the situation and to be able to really sit down with my son or daughter and engage them in what was troubling them. That heads-up was critical because my wife, unfortunately, had a knee-jerk reaction to whatever had occurred, but had the wherewithal and was able to set her ego aside enough to tell me what was happening, so that when I came home, when it did come up, I was ready for it. And being ready for an issue with one of your kids is really important. And that teamwork and that communication was critical, I think, and really being able to confront issues with my kids.

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Timothy J. Wheeler, the managing partner of the law firm Greene, Broillet & Wheeler LLP.  He has extensive trial experience in a variety of areas including product liability, general negligence and auto product liability. Tim was named the Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability by Best Lawyers in America for 2013. He was a three-time finalist for the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), for his outstanding trial record and involvement and commitment to consumer rights. Tim is a graduate of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (J.D., 1978), Tim attended Santa Clara University (BS, cum laude, Political Science, 1975), and was a recipient of the Jesuit Scholarship. While at Loyola High School, Tim's excellence in all areas of student life was recognized by the faculty, which bestowed upon him The Loyola Award. Tim and his wife Nancy reside in Manhattan Beach,  have been married for 37 years and have four adult children, Matt, Tim, Danny, and Mary and two grandchildren, Lily and Grace. 

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