I have three amazing daughters – all are young women now and have set off on paths of their own choosing. In this stage of motherhood, I’ve become more of a fan than a director. Maybe because I was a teacher for several years before they were born, I realized early on that I had to be their parent first, their friend second. I believe that even babies will sometimes fight for control, but deep down inside, kids are aware that they are not ready to run their own lives, and it is comforting to them to know that there are significant people guiding them along who know what they’re doing.

I am writing a book about everything I know to be true about parenting – I want to have it ready to give to my daughters as a gift when they become parents themselves. I know for a fact that I made some blunders as a mom, but I also believe the ultimate proof of any action or theory is in the actual outcome. I couldn’t be more proud of all three of my daughters, and they have told me that when they have children, they’ll think back to their childhood for ideas about raising kids who are fun to be around.

As a teacher, I tell my students’ parents that we will work as a team to ensure a successful school year. Especially with your own children, it helps to hear the point of view of someone who is not as emotionally bonded as you to your child. I am more than happy to share what I’ve learned over the past 30 years as a parent and as a teacher, and I always look forward to new ideas.

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