Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Offering Support

Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Offering Support

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My son texted me last night with a short rundown of how and what he's doing. His periodic "update texts" are too short and too infrequent for my liking, but he's 23 and has set out to seek his fortune with nothing more than a backpack and a bike. Checking in with mom may not be the priority I'd like it to be.

The youngest of three boys, he has struggled to find himself and his place, first in our family and then in the world. Teachers and friends often remark about how unlike his brothers he is-not necessarily in academics, but in personality and passions. We didn't understand how much the comparisons bothered him until much later.

We all have expectations for our kids (whether our own or our students). Sometimes those expectations are formed by pre-conceived notions- like comparisons to siblings who have gone before. Often they are based on what research-and/or the government-tell us is important to their success in college and career. …

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