I do agree and especially as a single mom of two teens that "No man is an island." I know that it takes a village to raise great kids. I am not too proud to ask my good friends for help. We all need a little help some of the time. I think the older we get we understand this concept more fully. There should be no shame in asking good friends for help when you need it. I believe that is what life is about, to be able to ask for what you need.
Those with false pride won't think it is OK to ask for help. Think about it, the more quality people in our kids lives, the better off they are. I am a director of volunteers and this fact will amaze you. Each mentor in a child's life, not only saves tax dollars on children getting into trouble, but much more. When your child has all those around them that they can turn to, it broadens their base. This can help our kids emotionally, physically, mentally, psychologically, and spiritually. Each adult in our kid's life can teach them new ways of thinking and of being and it is good for everyone. Self esteem can sky rocket with more quality adults in their lives.
How many adult role models did you have growing up? Who were they and what did you learn from them? Did you ever let them know how important they were to you? Well, we can all help mentor kids just by helping out our friends when they need it. So next time your thinking "Oh, I could really use a extra pair of hands, Don't just say it, call up a friend. Or Help your friends: drive kids to school, help with homework, help take to extra curricular activities.
Know it is never too late to call and let a past mentor/adult know how important they were/are.