"None of us are perfect; we'll all have some regrets. But with my kids 19, 16, and 13, I can now say that I will never say anything like, 'I wish I'd let them fight it out more,' or 'I wish I'd punished them more,' or 'I wish I'd yelled at them more.' I will only ever say that I wish I'd been more patient, more attentive, more calm and accepting of the normal stresses of having young children.
"One interaction at a time. Just make the next interaction a relationship-building one. Don't worry about the one AFTER that, until IT becomes 'the next one'."
(whose daughters are now 20 to 26 years old)
photo by Sandra Dodd
Two months from now, Pam's youngest daughter (then 13, now 20) will speak at the ALL Unschooling Symposium, as will Pam and several others.