“The Hamlin School educates girls to meet the challenges of their time, and inspires them to become extraordinary thinkers and innovators, courageous leaders, and women of integrity.”
All the members of my immediate family are male, and I love the way that my life at home complements my life at Hamlin. My husband Robert, an educator and consultant, is a powerful writer and deep thinker (which is why we get along so well), and we are united in our effort to raise joyful, respectful, culturally competent sons. This fall, Robert shared an exquisite piece of writing with the world. It reveals our values as parents and educators. Please enjoy.
Wanda M. Holland Greene
Head of School
Almost anyone who has ever asked another to spend the rest of their life with them can likely still feel that interminable pause between the question and the answer. The fact of the matter is that any significant “ask” often carries with it the fear of waiting on an expected yet unrequited confirmation that our fears were in vain, that moment when my mother often said that her mind didn’t fool her.
- Being a Hamlin girl means challenging what is expected of girls and finding new ways to surprise others. Yes, we go for the powerful positions—we are polite, kind, and loving, so some might not expect ambition to come in that same package
- Being a Hamlin girl means that we all have the courage and ambition to do something great in life
- Being a Hamlin girl means being open-minded and going forward even if you are scared and don’t know how things will turn out
- Being a Hamlin girl means having a lot of power, and with great power comes great responsibility. Our power and confidence come from the tools we have learned in the classroom
- Being a Hamlin girl means defying the stereotypes of all-girls schools; I am proud to be a student here, and I am not ashamed, I am not boy-crazy, and I am not catty
- Being a Hamlin girl does mean accepting challenges head on, but being a Hamlin girl also means being able to step back from a challenge, really look at it, and understand what approach will work best for you
- Being a Hamlin girl means perseverance—when work is overwhelming, a Hamlin girl categorizes and prioritizes. Hamlin girls don’t freak out, and they don’t retreat.
- Being a Hamlin girl means that you always speak your opinions
- Being a Hamlin girl means that you don’t take everything too seriously, but you take the things that NEED to be taken seriously, seriously
- Being a Hamlin girl means balancing being super smart and super determined
- Being a Hamlin girl means being excited to go to school and not dreading Monday
- Being a Hamlin girl means that you will be pushed to try your hardest in everything you do
- Being a Hamlin girl means experiencing comfort and a “homey” feeling that is hard to describe. Hamlin is a web that weaves children in, and I am part of a network that feels strong, large, and connected.
- Being a Hamlin girl means being willing to question authority and ask hard questions, not in a rude way, but digging down to a deeper place
- Being a Hamlin girl means continuing to follow the Creed even when you are not in school
- Being a Hamlin girl means thinking of learning as an adventure, not as an obligation
- Being a Hamlin girl means continuously learning and obtaining the tools you need to change the world. The tools are not just laid in front of you, you have to work for them
- Being a Hamlin girl means being willing to change your mind and to be influenced by others—but for the right reasons
- Being a Hamlin girl means not being afraid of change and not being afraid to make change or break tradition
- Being a Hamlin girl means being a girl of integrity. Hamlin girls stand up for what is right. We are ready to face the challenges of our time.
- Being a Hamlin girl means trying your best in everything and putting a lot of effort into every endeavor
- Being a Hamlin girl means being socially confident; we are good at making friendships
- Being a Hamlin girl means striving to do one’s best; we are both competitive and supportive of each other. We want to achieve, and we want to help our peers achieve.
- Being a Hamlin girl means living by the Creed to help other people; Hamlin girls believe in the power of compassion
- Being a Hamlin girl means gaining independence; because I think that is the whole theme of a Hamlin education. You grow up here over the years, and you see yourself grow and become more independent. By the end, you know who you are as a learner, and you know how to advocate for your needs.
- Being a Hamlin girl means being curious, looking for your own answers, finding all the sides to a story, and then forming your own opinion about it.
- Being a Hamlin girl means that you don’t shy away from hard work; you love accepting challenges
- Being a Hamlin girl means being vulnerable and taking chances and leaps of faith
- Being a Hamlin girl means knowing how to win with grace and also how to fail epically
- Being Hamlin girl means being competitive to reach a own goal, but a Hamlin girl doesn’t need to push others down to do it.
- Being Hamlin girl means never doing anything half-heartedly, setting your mind to something, being driven, and putting your whole self into whatever endeavor
- Being a Hamlin girl means being a creative thinker. I can look at a single picture in so many different ways.
- Being Hamlin girl means being knowing how to find the beauty in life and have fun
- Being a Hamlin girl means not being afraid to be yourself and also connecting with others who are different
- Being a Hamlin girl means carrying your own weight and helping others along the journey
- Being a Hamlin girl means confident but not conceited
- Being a Hamlin girl means knowing how to stand tall even if you have to stand alone
- Being a Hamlin girl means taking an inside class conversation outside
- Being a Hamlin girl means knowing the difference between something that is risky and something that is courageous
- Being a Hamlin teacher means continuing to be a student because we do a lot of things in real time—we are organized but flexible to meet the challenges of the time. We seek the counsel of our class to see what will work better
- Being a Hamlin teacher means to lead by example and to embody the values one expects to see in your students; being a Hamlin teacher means to work collaboratively and to be an active part of a team in everything one does.
- Being a Hamlin teacher is about discovery—discovering who each student is, and who they want to be, learning where they want to go and taking on the role as guide to get them there
- Being a Hamlin teacher means continuing to learn as much as my students; it means part of an incredibly smart, committed, and talented group of colleagues. Being a Hamlin teacher means valuing community as much as intellect.
- Being a Hamlin teacher means digging in and pushing, growing, and innovating to deliver the most extraordinary curriculum possible
- Alternative Vehicle Developer
- Avatar Manager / Devotee
- Body Part Maker
- Climate Change Reversal Specialist
- Memory Augmentation Surgeon
- Old Age Wellness Manager / Consultant Specialist
- Quarantine Enforcer
- Social ‘Networking’ Officer
- Virtual Lawyer
- Virtual Teacher
- “Schools in the year 2050 will be far more colorful than they are today.”
- “As far as reading is concerned, there will be a book that reads itself to you, helping you to memorize all the facts that you need to know.”
- “Teachers will only need to be there in case of emergency.”
- “Most of the schools will be free, but for well-known schools people will have to pay.”
Wordsmiths in June
I also know that June is a popular month for class reunions and returning to the institutions where we spent significant time as young people. I have just returned home from my 25th reunion at Columbia University, and I was blessed with the opportunity to address my classmates during our class dinner on Saturday night. I thought I would share with you the text of my speech, with the hope that some part might inspire you. — WMHG
THE 25th REUNION OF THE COLUMBIA COLLEGE CLASS OF ’89
Sing: “Sans Souci”
What if tomorrow bring
Sorrow or anything
Other than joy?
What if’t be wintry chill
Rain, storm or summer’s thrill?
It is May 1989, and I am standing in my silvery blue cap and gown, singing the Columbia College song, “Sans Souci” with vigor. You are there too, standing with me in the gymnasium on Class Day. You and I– young and proud idealists with a grand sense of our own efficacy—after all, did we not force our university to divest its funds from South Africa? Yes, we did. Did you camp out on the steps of this extraordinarily beautiful library until justice came? Oh yes, we were full-grown adults on Class Day, singing together in tune, yet dare I say we had little idea what the song meant.
The first stanza of “Sans Souci” poses a fundamental question: “What if tomorrow bring sorrow or anything other than joy? Did we truly grasp the fact that the days after our 1989 graduation could be filled with anything other than success and contentment? I’ll answer that for myself. No, I did not have a firm or full grasp of life’s complexities. I did not pay close attention to the questions and answers in the music. I was, and perhaps you were too, a bit naïve and sans souci– without worry.
Here’s what I thought the song meant. If tomorrow brings you anything other than joy, so what. Don’t worry about it. Buy a 99-cent Whopper on Tuesday night, get yourself some Bazooka bubble gum from Furnald grocery, watch the oreos and almonds get mixed into your coffee ice-cream at Steve’s, or get your groove on at the Plex. Be carefree. Choose your get-happy-quick scheme and move on. You’ll be fine. In fact, I thought it was awesome that a modern-day version of “Sans Souci” was popular during our senior year. Bobby McFerrin sang, “Here’s a little song I wrote/Might want to sing it note for note/Don’t worry, be happy.” Give limited thought to tomorrow. Live today, and live without worry. That is what I understood.
Then life handed me “a box of darkness,” as poet Mary Oliver wrote. My beloved father had a massive heart attack and died instantly in 1998; he was only 55 when I lost him, and the shock and sorrow are always with me. I began to understand then that burgers, ice cream, and sweaty dancing with fine men did not have the power to heal or even close a wound in the soul. What saved me then, you ask? What saves me now? The answer is simple: schools and the people of all ages whom I encounter there.
Speaking of the 80’s, perhaps I was not as naïve in 1989 as I suggested earlier. I graduated from Columbia with a bachelors degree in English and a provisional NY state teaching license, so I was wise enough to know then that schools were an ideal platform for the transformation of our world. I realized that our country is filled with children from all walks of life who need and deserve an excellent education, and I knew that it was my calling in life to contribute to the field with energy and distinction.
With that realization in mind, I return now to the fundamental question posed in “Sans Souci”: What if tomorrow bring sorrow or anything other than joy? And because I am an educator, I’ll add another question: What if you find yourself at a crossroads, wondering where you can use your resources to make a lasting difference? The answer to both questions is simple: Connect with a school you love, reconnect with Columbia, and I promise that it will feel like oxygen filling your lungs. And as that air supports the breaths you take, you will be reminded of your strength and potential. Your soul will sing.
The truth that I have come to know in the 25 years since our college graduation, the message I wish to leave with you, is that life is not sans souci—without care– it is actually filled with care, not the least of which is that our K-12 educational system is in desperate need of repair. I’m doing my part every day by leveling the playing field for a group of 400 magnificent girls; I want them to camp out on steps for the causes they believe in. I want them to thrive and lead—to take a seat at the table. As one of my colleagues said to me recently, “If a woman is not at the table, she will surely be on the menu.” I implore you to use the tools you have at your disposal to repair K-12 education, thereby strengthening the caliber and diversity of Columbia’s future students. Please don’t delay. As poet Julia de Bourgos said, we are “made of nows.” Yes, we pause to reminisce on a momentous occasion such as this one, but we cannot walk backward to yesterday, and tomorrow is the future still.
Sing: “Sans Souci”
Tomorrow’s the future still,
This is today!
Tomorrow’s the future still,
This is today!
The Good Earth
The Good Earth gave me an incredible father who had a deep appreciation for the beauty and bounty of the natural world. One of his favorite hymns to sing in church on a Sunday morning was “How Great Thou Art,” because the song’s lyrics extolled the wonders of the stars, the thunder, and the whole universe. I believed for a long time that my father’s legacy in my life is the spiritual values, music, and poetry that define my core identity. However, I have also come to understand that one of the many gifts I received from my father was the inspiration to become a faithful environmental steward. He tended the numerous hanging plants in our home in Flatbush, he composted before anyone else in Brooklyn understood what he was doing with eggshells and food scraps, he relished the sight and taste of fresh legumes and vegetables, and he could pick the perfect guava or cantaloupe. As a boy from Orlando, Florida with ancestral roots in Georgia, his favorite harvests were citrus fruits and sweet pecans. Though my mother won the argument over where they would raise their family (New York City), my father achieved many small victories by taking his car off the road and riding the subway Monday through Friday, chopping fresh turnips and snapping green beans in the kitchen, and filling our window sills with voluptuous green leaves. Though I did not enjoy the excruciatingly long car rides to visit family and friends in the South, I remember the way my father’s breathing slowed and deepened as he drove out of the clustered and cluttered city and the expanse of open land appeared.
After six years of living and leading in Northern California, I understand even more deeply how important it is to teach our children that our planet’s natural resources are not infinite and that conserving and regenerating energy are essential to our survival as a people. We are blessed to reside in a part of the country where cities are not long car rides away from groves of trees, mountains, hiking trails, small and large bodies of water, and organic farms. Here in San Francisco, there is no good excuse for living in ignorance or detachment from the Good Earth; therefore, Hamlin has made a real commitment to building environmental sustainability and stewardship into the program and our daily practices as a school community. Our work is not driven by a fiery political agenda—rather, we are compelled by a moral and educational imperative to teach children gratitude for what they have been given and to ensure that they develop respect and responsibility for our local and global environments.
Hamlin’s Eco-Council, founded in the fall of 2007 by Interim Head of School Priscilla Winn Barlow and a group of dedicated Hamlin parents and employees, has been the inspiring force behind and in front of this work. The group created the following statement of purpose that continues to guide Hamlin’s efforts today:
The mission of The Hamlin School Eco-Council is to develop responsible stewards for our planet by educating our entire community about sustainable living practices. As a group, we will identify, initiate, and implement appropriate projects, programs, and curricula to promote the greening of our campus and to expand environmental awareness.
Walk-to-School Wednesdays, waste-free snacks, recycling, composting, Middle School Green Team meetings, making a bench of garbage-stuffed “bottle-bricks” during Earth Week, guest speakers addressing water quality and plastic waste, Grade 6 science classes in the Presidio, and an improved lunch program are giving rise to even bigger ideas and program initiatives that I will be eager to share with you as the 2014-15 school year gets underway. In the meantime, please ask your daughter about today’s Sister-Family activity, her group walk to the newly renovated Lafayette Park, and the fun Earth Day activities at the park. Special thanks to Amy Conger for her impeccable organization and passionate leadership and to the entire Eco-Council for its positive energy and dedication throughout the years. We have exciting work ahead and a very strong foundation to build upon.
My father was green. It makes perfect sense to me that he returned to the earth and sky on Earth Day. Let us all remember to teach our children well and model for them a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. The Good Earth is depending on us.
2/14/2014 (From Wanda Holland Greene)
• Being a Hamlin girl means that you are a strong, smart person who knows how to stand up for herself and others
• Being a Hamlin girl means that you don’t put other people down to make yourself feel better
• Being a Hamlin girl means that you can step out of your comfort zone, and when you do, you have the amazing support of friends and adults to help you
• Being a Hamlin girl means that you have your own beliefs and opinions; you don’t just believe what other people say; you ask questions
• Being a Hamlin girl means contributing positively to your community
• Being a Hamlin girl means being unique in your own special way
• Being a Hamlin girl means being a leader and not just following someone else’s directions
• Being a Hamlin girl means being comfortable with who you and not being worried about what other people think of you
• Being a Hamlin girl means not being afraid to stick up for what you believe in, no matter what it is
• Being a Hamlin girl means making everyone feel welcome, no matter who she is
• Being a Hamlin girl means being excited about the work in front of you, excited about the possibilities ahead of you, being passionate; caring about something deeply; being a Hamlin girl means that you have dreams
• Being a Hamlin girl means not being afraid of challenges and embracing the opportunity to grow as a person
• Being a Hamlin girl means being the best person you can be—no matter what—and being kind always
• Being a Hamlin girl means giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and not falling back into old patterns which turn into hurtful words or hurtful actions
• Being a Hamlin girl means that there is no challenge that is too much of a stretch for you to reach—a Hamlin girl is always up for the challenge
• Being a Hamlin girl means having pride in your school and embodying school spirit
• Being a Hamlin girl means being able to advocate for yourself and get help when you need it
• Being a Hamlin girl means learning to love yourself and the people around you
• Being a Hamlin girl means having opportunities to learn at your leisure
• Being a Hamlin girl means having resources, being grateful for them, and being able to use them
• Being a Hamlin girl means having over 40 sisters and a lot of parents
• Being a Hamlin girl means learning how to be independent and mature and also knowing that there are people around you to help
• Being a Hamlin girl means that you are setting your own expectations and are self-motivated
• Being a Hamlin girl means appreciating yourself and not being afraid
to appreciate yourself
• Being a Hamlin girl means being able to speak up for yourself and talk about things you believe in and being exactly who you want to be
• Being a Hamlin girl means knowing what’s expected of you, doing what’s expected of you, and then exceeding those expectations
• Being a Hamlin girl means knowing that you have to work hard in school and in friendships, and knowing that you are capable of success in both
• Being a Hamlin girl means not being afraid of who you are or who you will become
• Being a Hamlin girl means changing over time and being patient; please tell the parents that they shouldn’t expect everything to happen in a single year—it takes time to turn into a Hamlin girl
• Being a Hamlin girl means that you have a special bond with all of the other girls in your grade; I have one older sister at home and many “same-age” sisters at school
• Being a Hamlin girl means that we have all had crazy experiences and have been able to try new things and given opportunities to find out who we are; we know what it means to wonder; we know what it means to want to know
• Being a Hamlin girl means being equipped with necessary skills and then taking them to a new level to meet the challenges of our time.
• Being a Hamlin girl means being a part of a family and having a support system of friends and teachers—a big family
• Being a Hamlin girl means facing challenges with enthusiasm and curiosity
• Being a Hamlin girl means you wear your uniform with pride; it makes me happy and proud to be outside in my uniform
• Being a Hamlin girl means being willing to take risks—also being a part of a family where you see what’s right and you see what’s wrong. At Hamlin, you learn how to fix what’s wrong, not to just stare at it or talk about it
• Being a Hamlin girl means not being discouraged by failure—social or academic—using failure as an opportunity to grow and to get back up
• Being a Hamlin girl means being a part of a community and being curious and wanting to learn about new things and about the world
• Being a Hamlin girl means facing challenges and knowing that you can overcome them eventually
• Being a Hamlin girl means being a part of Pacific Heights—the neighborhood where our school is
• Being a Hamlin girl means gaining strength from the community
• Being a Hamlin girl means being home
• Being a Hamlin girl means that this is where our childhood has taken place. We have grown together and changed here. With that comes a lot of pride. This is where my memories are….
• Being a Hamlin girl means gaining skills for life
• Being a Hamlin girl means being confident; being able to compete in a positive way. We push ourselves forward without fear….
• Being a Hamlin girl means that you are responsible for upholding the school’s reputation
• Being a Hamlin girl means being able to juggle a rigorous academic program with the arts and athletics
• Being a Hamlin girl means being confident and comfortable in your own skin
• Being a Hamlin girl means being a self-advocate
• Being a Hamlin girl means growing up and becoming a confident leader
• Being a Hamlin girl means wanting to try your best and helping others to do so as well
• Being a Hamlin girl means doing the right thing
• Being a Hamlin girl means being part of an inclusive and supportive environment
• Being a Hamlin girl means being comfortable and relaxed at school
• Being a Hamlin girl being honest even when it’s hard
• Being a Hamlin girl means knowing that you have a whole community of girls who are a part of your family; you have sisters
• Being a Hamlin girl means being a loyal friend
• Being a Hamlin girl means that you are a person that cares. We take that care to a new level; we take action on what we care about
• Being a Hamlin girl means that we create success; we have an appetite for greatness. My peers push me to be better; we all want to do well. I constantly want to improve
• Being a Hamlin girl means that we are all striving to change the world; yes, this is a school, but we are learning how to be when you leave it. I can recognize the traits of a Hamlin girl.
When my friends and family from the East Coast read this edition of “The ‘Mane’ Idea,” they might officially revoke my Native New Yorker card. As a San Francisco resident for the past five and a half years, I have been accused of losing my New York edge and slowing my Brooklyn swagger because I have adopted several Northern Californian tendencies:
a) complaining about “cold weather” (48 degrees and foggy)
b) buying a cup of cold-pressed green juice for $11
c) rising in the dark for morning boot camp classes on the beach
d) fixating on any sandwich layered with sliced avocado
e) relishing my time with a private yoga instructor
f) ordering a “massaged” kale salad without laughing
Yes, I’ve gone soft. 🙂 However, the behavior that proves that I have truly crossed over to the dark side (or at least to the west side) is this:
g) buying my annual Thanksgiving turkey from A TURKEY CONCIERGE
Did I mention that I’ve that gone soft? 🙂
Upon arrival in San Francisco in 2008, I soon discovered that all cows, chickens, and turkeys are NOT created equal, and it is very important to purchase and eat meat and poultry from free-range, organic farms. Specifically, I learned that free-range turkeys have continuous access to the outdoors during the daytime. The range is largely covered in vegetation and allows wide-open space to roam; this unrestricted access to fresh air and daylight means better respiratory health and a better quality of life. The turkeys are able to exercise freely and exhibit their natural “turkey behavior,” which ultimately results in stronger, healthier legs—and better tasting turkey on your dining room table. The moment that I knew the facts of farm life, I headed straight to Whole Foods, spoke to the friendly turkey concierge there, ordered my medium-sized, almost-cooked bird, and I haven’t looked back. If you order your Thanksgiving turkey from Whole Foods like I do, you know that it is quite possibly the most expensive yet most delicious turkey you’ve ever eaten.
I was reminded recently that turkeys aren’t the only things that should be free-range. Exactly one week ago, a vibrant and caffeine-happy group of Hamlin parents joined Parents Association President Jane Gaito and me in welcoming “America’s Worst Mom” to Hamlin. Lenore Skenazy, a columnist and mother living in New York City, became an international symbol (not the positive kind) when she allowed her 9 year-old son to take the subway all by himself. Her sense was that fostering his independence and allowing him “free range” were important to his social-emotional development, and the pride and confidence he would gain from the adventure were inestimable. She did not allow her fear of danger to prevent her from raising a sturdy, capable, and self-reliant child. Well, her actions unleashed the kind of discord, venom, and widespread hysteria seen previously only on The Jerry Springer Show. Talk show hosts wondered aloud if she loved her children, parents accused her of abuse and neglect, and Law & Order SVU writers ripped the story from the headlines and ripped Lenore to shreds. Like most New Yorkers, Lenore responded by reclaiming her dignity, and she used the power of the pen to fight “the belief that our children are in constant danger from creeps, kidnapping, germs, grades, flashers, frustration, failure, baby snatchers, bugs, bullies, men, sleepovers and/or the perils of a non-organic grape.” With side-splitting humor, Lenore engaged Hamlin parents in a thoughtful conversation about how our parental fears hold our children back from developing independence and confidence. She gently chided us about carpool guidelines (“drop-off” and “pick-up” are words used for children, as if they were fragile packages) and showed us gadgets designed for infant and child safety. (If you weren’t there, just ask someone about the rubber duck with the heat sensor or the kneepads for crawling babies.) Lenore explained to us why parents are consumed with worry, and she offered us advice and practical strategies to help us “lean out” (of our children’s lives) and let go just a little. Are you a parent who hardly lets your child(ren) out of your sight? Do you refuse to allow your daughter to walk the dog, walk to the store, or walk to school on Wednesdays? Look at what happens when I substitute “child(ren)” for “turkeys” in the previous paragraph:
I learned that free-range children have continuous access to the outdoors during the daytime. The range is largely covered in vegetation and allows wide-open space to roam; this unrestricted access to fresh air and daylight means better respiratory health and a better quality of life. The children are able to exercise freely and exhibit their natural “child behavior,” which ultimately results in stronger, healthier legs….”
Children need to stand on their strong legs—physically and emotionally. We will unintentionally stunt their growth if we carry them around everywhere and never let them roam on their own.
During the upcoming holiday season, I want us to try out the Free Range philosophy. (Do whatever you like with your turkey—this philosophy is about children.) If you have a Lower School daughter, give her permission to enjoy Winterfest without you for 20, 30, or 60 minutes. Do you really have to be there when she goes to the carnival or plays on the rooftop, or can she enjoy those activities with a friend while you eat and browse on your own? If you have a Middle School daughter, you can discuss the rules for acceptable behavior and appropriate spending, and then allow her to enjoy Winterfest with her peers.(By the way, you may want to pause your reading and sign up right now for our fun Winterfest activities. Sign-ups are live TODAY!) Winterfest is the perfect place and time to try being a Free-Range parent. Hamlin is safe and familiar…why not try loosening our protective grasp there? After Winterfest, you may decide to sign the Middle School form for “walking privileges” and allow your daughter and a friend to go enjoy frozen yogurt, or to take the bus or walk to meet you somewhere after school. Maybe you will give her the task of walking the dog alone or buying a few items at a nearby Walgreen’s, and you won’t follow her with your eyes or your feet! Lenore gave us much to think about at the Parents Association meeting and during the post-meeting roundtable discussion in my office; essentially, we all have to ask ourselves, “When and how does our love for our precious children morph into something harmful rather than good, and what will we do to pull ourselves back from the edge of paranoia?” Parents need to help each other as we strike the right balance between setting limits and encouraging freedom.
My sister Donna and I rode the New York City subway by ourselves when we were in elementary school; it was the most efficient way to get to Queens after we moved to our new house in Flatbush. We did the grocery shopping at Pathmark for the entire family every Saturday morning and went to the laundromat regularly to wash sheets, towels, and clothes. We took the bus to choir rehearsals. Every day felt like a free-range day. I admit that I used to think that my mother and father had children for the free labor, but I now realize that they were preparing my sister and me for life. Now that my parents are deceased, I truly realize the blessing of having loving parents who did not hover. I am now working on quelling my own parental fears so that David and Jonathan thrive. I was a happy and successful free-range kid, and I now want to be a happy and successful free-range parent.
Please peruse Lenore’s website (www.freerangekids.com), watch her show on the Discovery Channel (when you are traveling outside of the USA—it does not air here), or read her book, and let’s talk turkey. Free-range, of course. See you at Winterfest. 🙂