Definition: (1) fatherly or motherly integral characteristics; tender; affectionate; (2) the source from which something is derived

Quote: Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. — James Arthur Baldwin (1924-1987) American writer

Reflection: Number five of the ten commandments, “Honor your father and mother.”

Observation: One can be the parent of an idea and nurture an ideal.

• It is important to know how to let your child learn. Give them the tools, instruction, encouragement, and then the freedom. We all learn differently.
• Notice what talents your child has naturally. Expose them to lots of options. Give your child the benefit of your observations about their talents and interests.

Advice: Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. ― Benjamin McLane Spock (1903-1998) American pediatrician