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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

My daughter's year to grow



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.

Heart 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

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:59am]


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