Ever since I heard about the couple thinking their return trip would be unbearable, I've had it floating around in my head about this idea that we, as parents, should not expect good behavior to continue down the road. I think it sucks. Currently I believe that my job as a parent is to prepare my child for life once she is on her own. To give her the skills to thrive and to be a good person; proud of who she is and to "speak and act with confidence and use courage to follow [her] own path".** I am not stupid enough to think there won't be hard times when Sweet One has to test the waters as she figures out her own path. Growing pains happen but I do hope there will be far more good times than bad. Perhaps I'm being over optimistic but if ever I'm going to utilize the Law of Attraction it will be in what I hope for my daughter.
*Carrie Bradshaw I am not, but can't I pretend just for a moment?
**The Twelve Gifts of Birth, by Charlene Costanzo