Tuesday, August 16, 2011
What a great stretch of days we had on San Juan Island.
After spending concentrated time with another family, I would say that others are a great barometer for what we are doing well, as parents, and what we could be doing better. I think most of us make it up as we go along, largely, based on knowing ourselves, our children, our partners and what we believe in and value. We watch others because we can't help it. We watch to get ideas, to learn. In a more dark corner of our hearts we all, sometimes, have ideas and expectations about what others should and could be doing better or differently, but mostly this comes from our own fears and anxieties about our shortcomings as parents. I learn things every day from those of you on this ride with me, and am full of gratitude for all of you who play this part in my life in whatever way, big or small.