I really have learned that from children over the years, is to handle their questions tenderly, as much as possible… and then I think the door is more likely to stay open.
I’m incredibly excited to introduce you to Kathleen. Kathleen was a school teacher for 20 years, but for the last 22 years has been a children’s librarian. And that’s how I know her; she’s my small-town children’s librarian, and she’s given me all the book recommendations I’ve asked for and answered my questions about child development. (Oh, and when my second suddenly sprouted a full head of curls out of nowhere, you’d better believe I asked her what to do with them.) She has the career to back up everything she has to teach me, but mostly, she’s just good people.
I told my husband recently that I think she’s basically the Pied Piper of our town- children are enchanted by her, and I know my oldest daughter would do anything Ms. Kathleen asked her to do. And I trust her with that responsibility. Every mother needs a Ms. Kathleen in her life. Not only because she loves my children fiercely, but also because she takes every opportunity to build and validate me as their parent. I’ve recorded private conversations in my journal because on days where self-doubt creeps in, her words empower me enough to keep trying. I watch her do it with parents all the time. I cannot express to you how much I love and appreciate her.
In this interview, we talk about what parents can do to give their child the best chance at success in school and what she wishes more parents knew. She shares memories of her own childhood, as well as interactions she has had with children and their parents. I think you’ll agree with everything she says.