My daughter receives a compliment and her response is to smile and say “Thank You.” Sometimes her voice even goes up an octave but she is never self deprecating.

My son refused to take a week off of school to accompany me to Australia. After thinking it through for a few days he simply stated, “Mom, I’m sorry I don’t think I could enjoy myself when I’m supposed to be in class.”

Both children want to go to camp. Neither child thinks they’ll be homesick. This both delights and concerns me.

How do you know when you’ve parented well?