This is a letter I could not have imagined writing. Yet, like for you, life changes and we make new and different decisions. I have written for The Informed Parent for 17 years. The parents who were reading the journal at that time now have grown children and perhaps even grandchildren. We now have a new generation of parents reading about how to be and become effective parents.
My April article, “Negative Self-talk in Children” is my last for this publication. I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed writing for you. My hope is that the information you have received has assisted you in feeling strong in yourselves and in your parenting skills.
The job you are doing in parenting your children is rewarding and challenging. I cannot think of anything more important than feeling joy in the process and supported when you are feeling that need.
It has only been with your caring and consistent readership that The Informed Parent has survived for so many years. We have knowledgeable and committed doctors and other professionals sharing their wisdom in the columns. The goal has always been to assist you in your desire to be the best parents you can be.
I appreciate each of you who has turned to The Informed Parent each month to learn and excel in your quest to become the best parent you can be. Keep up the journey. Once everyday parenting is complete, your adult children still want you in their lives. They will turn to you. When you have grandchildren, they will benefit from what you know and will love you as deeply as you love them.
And so it is with sadness that I say good-bye and also with expectation that the new path I have chosen will be as rewarding as writing for you has been.
Of all the things I have written in my columns, perhaps what I hope you most remember is how important it is to take care of yourself. I have used this example numerous times, but it is always true. Just as when an airline attendant informs you to put on your own oxygen mask before helping another, it is true in parenting and any kind of care giving. If you don’t take care of yourself, you will not have the energy or resources to care for another.
I wish you all the best in your years of parenting and beyond.
With great gratitude,