So for 2011 I am going to resort to a a cut and paste of something that I wrote for the parents of my kids. I think it is a good reminder for all of us as we start a new calendar year.
We have become a society obsessed with becoming better, faster, more beautiful. A society obsessed with buying self-help guides to make us happy, thinner, better parents. We worry that we are too strict, too lenient, too kind, too mean. As the No Child Left Behind law rumbles through our schools our kids are under increasing pressure to constantly be in a state of self-improvement. With laser like focus we assess to find their weaknesses, and then spend days trying to fix them. Sometimes we end up looking at our kids and seeing only their weaknesses, we only see what needs to be improved.
After spending four months with your children we have to say that we are impressed and amazed everyday at their strengths. Their determination and perseverance, their courage and grit, their kindness and selflessness, their creativity and thoughtfulness. Those are qualities that we cannot teach in four months, they came to us with those and many others. So as we come to the end of 2011, we would like to extend to all of our parents a big thank-you for sending us an incredible bunch of kids, and would like to offer you and your family best wishes for 2012. The next time you see your kid, give them a big hug, and remember all that is good and strong in them…because you all have a lot to be thankful for.