Since this is the shepherd board.... What makes you breedworthy? Your husband? What titles and certifications do you have? Have you both had your health checked?
Ok seriously... I really wish I had thought about it a little more before I brought kids into this world. There is hereditary stuff from both our families that I wish we hadn't passed along.
As far as pets go we had Nakita the white shepherd mix pictured in my avatar when my kids were born. She absolutely adored them and they adored her. We lucked out. This was also back in the 80's when temperament problems weren't as common as today.