Here we are, the start of the new year and a chance for all of us to take stock of how far we’ve come in the past 12 months — and to think about where we’d like to see ourselves headed in 2009. My friend Brooke calls this a “Top of the Ladder Moment”: When one of her young children accomplishes something (like climbing the ladder of the biggest slide at the park for the first time) she says it’s important to take a minute and tell her kids, “Hey, look and see how far you’ve come! You did it!” The truth is, those little moments of validation are important for all of us.
As the new year begins, I think we need to stand at the top of the ladder for a moment ourselves. Although our kids may act out, talk back, and drive us crazy, there are times when we do get it right as parents, small triumphs that can and should be celebrated and built upon.
Here at Empowering Parents, we’re doing the same thing. This week, I’ve been surprised and moved by the many emails we’ve received from you about the ways EP is helping you to stand at the top of the ladder. I don’t have room to share every message here, but here are two that really resonated:
Your newsletter has been an eye opener for me, enabling me to lead my family (wife and 5-year old son) to a more stable and happier home. Keep up the good work, and know that you’ve made a real difference in this family’s life. Thank you!
I want to thank you very much for the endless work you are doing–you are big blessing to us readers, in my family especially (I’m also spreading the word to my extended family!!!) Thanks for your newsletters, for the encouragement that I/we are not alone with our growing kids. Nobody had any Degree in”Parenting” before having children. Thanks to you, James Lehman, for your wisdom to empower us to never give up with bad behaviors and attitudes of our children because our society needs good ones. Your help is real, experienced and very much appreciated.
–Tatiana Vinogradski, Mom of Two Teen Girls
We really love hearing from you, and you’ve sent us tons of ideas for articles and ways we can improve our newsletter. We’ve had requests from parents on topics you’d like to see us cover in 2009 — articles on only children, video game addiction, help for teachers dealing with behavioral problems in the classroom, and more for step parents and blended families, to name a few. We hear you, and will do our best to tackle the issues that you’re dealing with in your life right now. Thanks to everyone who’s been reading EP, writing to us, asking questions, and most importantly, working and learning how to make their families stronger.
Now it’s your turn! What would you like to see in Empowering Parents? What are we getting right, and what would you like to see added to our site? Give us your thoughts on what you’d like to see in 2009.
And remember, we’re all in this together!
–Elisabeth Wilkins, EP Editor
About Elisabeth Wilkins
Elisabeth Wilkins was the editor of Empowering Parents and the mother of an 10-year-old son. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including Mothering, Motherhood (Singapore), Hausfrau, The Bad Mother Chronicles, and The Japan Times. Elisabeth holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.