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Parents, may I have your attention for a moment?

Hey parents:  do you like to check yourself against lists to see if you’re an OK mom or dad?  I’ll admit it, I do.  I will never strive to be perfect; I know that’s impossible.  I’ll be thrilled if by the time she’s 18, Kyla is happy, confident, reasonably self-sufficient and relatively well-adjusted.  I’ve said from the minute she was born that I know at some point I will mess up.  Actually at many points.

While the following slide show may not be the end-all-be-all in parenting advice, it’s a fine summary and a good place to start (if you’re not there already.)

Personally, I’m proud to say that I’m not always the “yes man” and so far I haven’t become “too comfortable.”  Kyla hears the no word plenty of times.  Sure, she’s a fortunate little girl who often gets her heart’s desire.  But whether it’s a package of cookies at the grocery store or a new DVD, there are times it’s simply not appropriate for her to get an answer of “Sure, you can have that Sweetie.”  As far as becoming “too comfortable” I can say that despite my loathsome attitude towards gardening we thoroughly enjoyed the Summer 2013 Franklin Public Library Pizza & Salsa Garden program.

Take a moment or two to honestly reflect on your daily routine with your kids.  As we know, there’s always room for improvement.  BUT…  don’t hesitate to also tell yourself what a great job you’re doing!  Chances are, your kids won’t.  ;-)

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