If all of us parents could try not to let those opportunities to help and care pass by, if we could all try being kinder, if we could just try not to squash the kindness in our kids, just imagine what might happen.
Nine years ago, as I was preparing for my family's traditional turkey dinner, I suddenly thought about a neighbor. Her family had recently experienced a tragedy, and their Thanksgiving was not going to be about pumpkin pies.
I am the mother of a 7-year-old daughter. I am perfectly healthy and plan on being around to offer my advice, solicited or unsolicited, for a very long time. But as no one knows what the future holds, I here offer the best of what I've learned in my 43 years.