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December 01, 2007

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I love that, "reward effort not results"...
isn't that wonderful?!!!

It is so nice for a Kennedy to be in the headlines for making positive contributions to society. But then, Caroline's mother was the epitome of graciousness and class, so how could she be any less? I agree that parenting is the hardest job in the world, especially since you usually have to wait years to see the fruits of all your labors.

I certainly agree with the concepts set forth here. I also think an emphasis on striving for such perfection that a child becomes fearful of making a mistake can lead to problems. I recall a recurring situation which once led me to present a child with a tee shirt that read: "Pobody's Nerfect."

I love "Pobody's Nerfect." I'll have to remember that. Alas, I, too, have not heard of any of the 10 books. That could be because I've been reading (make that reciting) Good Night Moon, Dr. Seuss's ABC, and the Collected Works of Sandra Boynton, which includes such classics as "The Belly Button Book" and "But Not the Hippopotamus."

We recently experienced a big setback around here. After 11 years of soccer, including 6 years on a year-round club team, my son didn't make his high school soccer team. There's a lot of competition in his age group at his school, as some other club boys didn't make it either. He was appropriately sad about it, but the following Monday he picked himself up and joined the wrestling team. It may turn out to be better in the end anyway. But mostly, I'm proud of him for taking his lumps and moving forward, keeping a good perspective on what really matters.

Yes, Jackie was a great parent. She made it clear to her kids that they were responsible for what they became in life, and kept them out of the limelight so they could discover themselves on their own. I've loved Caroline's past books, and will definitely check out this one.

Thanks, MotherPie!

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