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This is the second of four articles discussing lessons Bill McIntyre learned while assisting his father, who was diagnosed with dementia in October 2016. These are lessons that no one prepared him for.

Here I am. Sitting at my desk the first day back at work of the new year staring at my computer screen. I've been asked to write an article for West Michigan Woman and my deadline is Friday. Normally I'd write some funny story about parenting boys or marketing trends for 2018. The truth is, I'm not feeling very positive or confident in any area of my life right now.

Children mimic the behaviors of those whom they admire most, typically their parents. When kids are young, parents teach them how to eat, dress and wash themselves. These are the mechanics of growing up, but they are not the only learned lessons. Kindness is also a learned behavior.

Nearly every family sitcom has an episode about it.

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