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Helicopters…and Lawnmowers?

Published in the Coastal View News

We all want the best for kids–our own, our neighbors’, other people’s, those across the oceans. Our little ones are our hope for the future. So what we do as parents, as neighbors, as the village to nurture kids best?

Wouldn’t an easy answer be fabulous? I have wished time after time for the teachers’ edition of the parenting textbook. There are always answers at the back of the teachers’ edition! But, alas, there are few we-know-it-ahead-of-time absolutely correct answers when it comes to parenting questions because the children and adults involved are human, complete with inexplicable and ever-changing preferences, strengths and quirks. Parenting is, however, part art and part science so there are some guiding principles that could be in a textbook.

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