Monday, August 29, 2011


I wrote this in 1996, when my children were 9, 7 and 4.
As I'm posting it today, they are 25, 22 and 19.
So far so good.

Here are my goals for my children: I want them to learn something every day. I want them to greet the morning with joy. I want them to see strangers as potential friends. I want their lives to be adventures without a map, where there are innumerable destinations, and unlimited opportunities for “success.” I want their definition of success to include things they can see all around them, not just in Washington, not just at medical conventions, or the Olympics. I want them to wake up, look out the window, and be glad of the view. I want them to be content with their choices and their abilities. I want them to be realistic about goals and philosophical about failure. I want them to be happy.
photo by Sandra Dodd


  1. YES!My feelings EXACTLY! I was just trying to explain this to someone the other night about my own family/unschooling and this is exactly what I was trying to say!
    Thanks Sandra for this :)

  2. In French, here:

    Thank you Sandra. I'm sure your goals are similar to those of all parents but taking time to write them and share them 15 years later is a fantastic inspiration.



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