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Our family motto

Our family motto

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We have a family motto. It’s a reminder of who we are and how we behave.

You can hear it when my boys celebrate a soccer goal or when my oldest throws away a piece of litter from the street.

When my husband taught high school kids, he realized how many of the boys lacked positive role models. Instead, they looked up to criminals. When he came home, though, his little boys were still playing Spider-Man and Superman.

It got him wondering: When do little boys trade their dreams of being a hero for the notoriety of being a bad guy? When did being the good guy turn into a bad thing? And, most importantly, what can we do to not let that happen to our boys?

So, he decided, like all good superheroes, our boys needed a motto. And our family motto was born.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE DANIELL”

We want our kids to understand the difference between heroes and villains. Heroes keep fighting, even when they are being pummeled by life. A villian sells out, succumbing to the pressures of the easy way out.

We know life is hard, but our kids are just figuring that out. We want to prepare them for the time when they must decide which side they want to be on. We want them to understand that Daniells don’t quit and they treat others with respect.

We want our motto to be a reminder of who they are on the field, on the court, in the classroom and in life. And it starts now — when they still think good guys are the heroes.

Judy Daniell is married with three sons. She works part-time.

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