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2093777 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-02-02 11:00:00.0 UTC 2009-02-02T06:00:00.000-05:00 content/my-daughters-year-grow published 2010-05-13 14:59:03.0 UTC 2010-05-13T10:59:03.000-04:00 drupal 43107 This is the year my daughter learns to think about other people first. The year she learns that the world is bigger than her room. The year I guide her into young adulthood with a foundation of kindness, respect and generosity. Every year since she was born in 2000, I have worked to instill in her the values my husband and I share, the default kindness and concern I hold for all people, the ability to think beyond herself and give selflessly. She is 8 now and the lessons feel unlearned. Not that she isn't kind, polite and well-mannered. She is, I dare say. But she is not naturally thoughtful, or giving or concerned for those beyond her reach. And I fear that the longer she goes without absorbing these traits, the more chance I have of losing her. On New Year's Eve, I told her 2009 is her year. That together she and I will strive for greater good. Together she and I will build her future. That each day, each week, each month we will chart our progress. So far the steps are small: table manners, sharing with her younger sister, taking care of chores without being told. It's going to be a long process, one I'm totally committed to. Next up: Finding a volunteer opportunity she and I can explore together. I volunteered a lot before I was married, but haven't since. I want to get back to that gift and bring her along for the ride. With devotion and hard work, I just know we'll make it. -- Amy Hollyfield Times Editor moms Parenting,It's good for you,Doing good,Bring out the tissue My daughter's year to grow templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/moms/2009/02/02/43107-my-daughters-year-grow BlogArticle 2012-11-12 16:15:09.0 UTC 2012-11-12T11:15:09.000-05:00 This is the year my daughter learns to think about other people first. The year she learns that the world is bigger than her room. The year I guide her into young adulthood with a foundation of kindness, respect and generosity.Parenting,It's good for you,Doing good,Bring out the tissueParenting,It's good for you,Doing good,Bring out the tissue<p>This is the year my daughter learns to think about other people first. The year she learns that the world is bigger than her room. The year I guide her into young adulthood with a foundation of kindness, respect and generosity.</p> <p><a onclick="window.open(this.href, '_blank', 'width=799,height=799,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0'); return false" href="/blogs/moms/sites/tampabay.com.blogs.moms/files/images/typepad-legacy-files/43107.shared.heart.jpg"><img title="Heart" height="200" alt="Heart" src="/resources/images/blogs/moms/43107.heart.jpg" width="200" border="0" style="FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 0px 0px 5px 5px" /></a> Every year since she was born in 2000, I have worked to instill in her the values my husband and I share, the default kindness and concern I hold for all people, the ability to think beyond herself and give selflessly. She is 8 now and the lessons feel unlearned. Not that she isn't kind, polite and well-mannered. She is, I dare say.</p> <p>But she is not naturally thoughtful, or giving or concerned for those beyond her reach. And I fear that the longer she goes without absorbing these traits, the more chance I have of losing her.</p> <p>On New Year's Eve, I told her 2009 is her year. That together she and I will strive for greater good. Together she and I will build her future. That each day, each week, each month we will chart our progress.</p> <p>So far the steps are small: table manners, sharing with her younger sister, taking care of chores without being told. It's going to be a long process, one I'm totally committed to.</p> <p>Next up: <a href="http://www.kidsturncentral.com/holidays/christmas/volunteer.htm">Finding a volunteer opportunity</a> she and I can explore together. I volunteered a lot before I was married, but haven't since. I want to get back to that gift and bring her along for the ride. </p> <p>With devotion and hard work, I just know we'll make it.</p> <p>-- Amy Hollyfield</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:49:22