Words of Wisdom

Published at Huffington Post on April 28, 2015.

Sweethearts, there are days in which you’ll feel like a failure too. You aren’t. Your kids will be lucky to have you for your strengths as well as your flaws. Parents are our first cautionary tales. It can’t be helped. “Don’t be me,” was my fervent prayer in the early years of my daughter’s life. I wanted her to be her own person minus my flaws. Now as watch these two children grow, I whisper, “Be better than me.” They are better, but they also made me better. This is more than I ever could have hoped for. It is more than I ever dared to ask.