Sometimes you realize that two very different things aren’t really different at all. Like parenting and pizza.

While sitting in my living room feasting on a slice from a shop we’d never tried before, I received this little video from my daughter.

Bam! They just seemed to fit, can’t you see it too? Holding that slice of pizza in my hand, I began to see the connection between two timeless treats. Here are three reasons why parenting is just like pizza…

Parenting & Pizza:  The Best Things Ever!

Pizza was largely responsible for bringing me and my wife together. Our most frequent date place was an A&W Root Beer restaurant that served slices. Did we love the pizza or each other? So hard to separate the two! It still is.

I know our story is not unique. I just interviewed a Treasury of Marriage couple whose first date was at a bowling alley eating, you guessed it, pizza. The rest is history.

Talk to most parents and they will tell you that children changed their lives for the better. Beyond the dirty diapers, sleepless nights and enormous expense is the hard-to-describe love and fulfillment that makes it all worthwhile.

It Comes in a Variety of Shapes and Sizes

Now I can tell you exactly what makes a great pizza. It’s all about the crust which must be crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. It can’t be one or the other, it must be both. The sauce should be fresh, not overly spiced with oregano or garlic. The cheese should have a bite to it… that’s about it.

So the new pizza we tried that night got two reviews. I gave it a 4.1 – barely. My wife just kept saying, “I like it. I like it a lot!” We seldom agree on pizza, but we always eat it together.

I remember a panel discussion we had at a church one time. The panelists were parents who were committed to different kinds of education (home school, Christian school, public school) for different reasons. It did not go well. But we parted friends, parents with different philosophies who were all in love with their children.

While parenting styles may differ, it has and always will be in style, just like pizza.

It Never Changes

Fast food places are always looking for the next big thing.

Remember McDonald’s Hula Burger, a beef patty topped with a pineapple slice and melted cheese?

Remember Burger King’s Cupcake Milkshake, a dreamy combination of the two topped with sprinkles?

Remember Taco Bell’s Mountain Dew A.M., a wake-up treat, non-alcoholic mixed drink of orange juice and Mountain Dew?

I bet you don’t!

Pizza, on the other hand, continues to be the (second) most popular food in America, bested only by the hamburger. Pizza will always bring lovers together and children will always be love story part 2, the extension of a husband and wife that achieve the purpose for which they were created.

Order pizza tonight! It’s a teachable moment.

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