I don't think being a billionaire necessarily qualifies anyone as an expert on parenting. But I can't help but like Warren Buffet. He still lives in the same stucco house in Omaha, NE he bought for $31,500 in 1958. He announced in 2006 that he's giving away his fortune to charity (with 86% of it going to the Gates Foundation). Every time I read or see an interview with him, he's likeable, self-effacing, modest, and seems like a guy who'd be fun to have a beer with.
So for what it's worth, here's his take on how "parents can make a better human being."
The power of unconditional love. I mean, there is no power on earth like unconditional love. And I think that if you offered that to your child, I mean, you’re 90 percent of the way home. There may be days when you don’t feel like it — it’s not uncritical love; that’s a different animal — but to know you can always come back, that is huge in life. That takes you a long, long way. And I would say that every parent out there that can extend that to their child at an early age, it’s going to make for a better human being.
The full interview is here.