Once upon a time in the 90s, after being a teacher for ten years and a Newspaper in Education Manager for several years, I wrote not one but two parenting books. I even appeared on Good Morning America in 1997. Clearly, I was an expert, right? Well, I thought so. Since then, I’ve continued writing, with my educational material syndicated in newspapers and on the Parade Magazine education website. I’ve also written two fiction stories for young readers that have also been published in newspapers across the country and in Canada.
So, I’ve been busy, working and doing the best I could, along with my very funny husband/business partner (now that’s a whole other blog), Ned, to raise our girls. Now my girls are grown and in their 20s. I no longer have to “think” I was a good parent, now I can look at the girls and figure it out. After all, if the goal of parenting is to raise happy and well-adjusted kids with good hearts and giving souls, then being able to see them as adults should indicate whether we achieved the goal. We think so, but of course, their stories are still being written on a daily basis. They all grew up to be teachers so we think that’s a good sign. They grew up to be people who, for lack of a better description, need people so I guess they’re the “luckiest people in the world.”
At the wedding of our oldest daughter, Alexis, people kept coming up and saying, “Your daughters are amazing,” and other similar sentiments. The thing is — they’re not extraordinary. They’re just regular people. They’re not curing cancer in the basement, they’re not star athletes, they’ve never won any fabulous prizes, they’re just living their lives, seeking joy and fulfillment in life’s simple pleasures. In other words, they’re amazing.
This blog offers the thoughts, hopes and dreams of an ordinary mother and her three grown daughters. We write about the parenting strategies of the family, and, now that the kids are grown, how it all worked out. We hope you’ll enjoy the ride with us as we continue to learn, grow and laugh (especially laugh) as a family. We’re Debby, Ned, Alexis, Tamra and Shira, and we’re happy to “virtually” meet you! If you want to send me an email and not post on the blog, feel free! email@example.com.