For the younger kids (pre-school through second grade), the school plays by the "everyone's a winner" rule. Each class is called up as a large group and the awards are passed out one by one. While I prefer a little competitive action when it comes to awards, I try to contain myself. "Try" being the operative word.
Like all moms, my mother gave me some wonderful pieces advice over the years, the most valuable being her encouragement to follow my own course and seize the career I wanted. She'd left her singing behind when she'd decided to marry and raise a family; and so I think she poured much of that passion into ensuring that my sister and brother and I never lost sight of our own dreams. I've never forgotten that about my mom -- and so this year, I thought I'd turn the tables around and ask you: What piece of advice did your mother give you that has had a lasting impact?