published Friday, March 29th, 2013

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THINGS I WISH MY KIDS WOULD ASK ME

Editor's note: Barry Courter has a 23-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshman in college.

Q: Dad, why do some of our conversations sound like lectures with you doing most of the talking?

A: It's a flaw in a lot of parents and definitely in me. We want so badly to impart all of our "wisdom" on you that we try do it all at once sometimes. We also have the benefit of time and experience. Though you don't believe that we could possibly understand what you are going through, we often do and try to run interference for you, even though we realize you have to learn for yourself.

about 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 ...

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