What does it mean?
I suspect most people would say if their kids are well-adjusted, productive adults, who are able to earn a good living for their own families, they’d consider themselves successful parents.
Latter-Day Saints have all kinds of other considerations, of course. Are my kids active in the church? Did they serve missions? Get married in the temple?
Do they have a testimony of the gospel? When my kids were small, I always thought that was the most important thing I could give them. A testimony of the gospel. I still think so. Unfortunately, it’s not something you can give someone. They have to get it on their own.
You can’t force your kids to do anything (dang it). You can teach them skills. Help them develop good habits. But kids are people too. And they make their own choices (dang it).
I want my kids to know what their strengths are. What they’re good at. What they enjoy doing. So they can pursue it. I didn’t know until I was married with three kids where my skills lied. It took me years to get to know myself that well.
So what is a successful parent?
Is Heavenly Father a successful parent?