As we watch our children head back to school, we should remember that it's not so easy.

After lecturing my young kids about the importance of a college degree, it dawned on me that Dad needs to practice what he preaches.  I don't have a degree, although I did go to the school of hard knocks, serving three years in the U.S. Army.  I'm proud of my service, but it's not a degree.  Two years ago, I enrolled at Rochester Community and Technical College as a part-time student.  I was humbled very quickly.  The courses are difficult, as they are for young adults.  I learned that we need to stay focused, organized and study.  It's also important to ask for help when you need it.  I should get a degree in social work in another two years.  Hopefully, watching their dad facing the same challenges they're dealing with will help my kids.  It's not easy, but earning a degree is crucial if you want to have a good career, make good money and be a good example for your children.