Helping Our Kids Reach Their Potential Has Never Mattered More

It’s been a year, hasn’t it? I can’t remember a time in recent history where the level of unrest and difficult news coming from so many parts of the planet on an almost daily basis rivals the current state of the world.

It can make us feel like what’s going on in our own little universe isn’t significant in the big scheme of things.

But then I think about what’s happened in my world in the past week. A week where I witnessed my 12-year-old boy take a pretty big social risk, patiently engage with a toddler who pushed every one of his buttons, bike several kilometers to an event in sub-freezing temperatures without (much) complaint, speak Dutch with other kids in public for the first time ever, and gracefully accept my apology when I acknowledged my short fuse, offering me a gentle hug and kind words in return.

And it struck me…hard. This stuff…this work we’re doing to meet our children where they’re at and support them no matter what matters. That Asher is thriving matters. And not just in my little universe…but in the world.

I’m absolutely convinced that these kids we’re raising—these creative, brilliant, energetic, passionate, differently-wired human beings—are part of a powerful generation of changemakers, revolutionaries, problem-solvers, forward thinkers who are going to shake things up in the best possible way.

And because of that, the work we do to ensure that they feel confident and empowered to let their brilliance emerge has never been more critical.

I have room in my heart and soul to care about what’s happening in the world and do what I can to contribute while also advocating for the extraordinary kids in our lives.

And knowing you are there, on the other end of this blog post, going through your own journey with your differently-wired kid(s), is so inspiring to me. We are in this together. And that matters, too.

So…in this last post of 2016 I want to say THANK YOU for being a part of this. I can’t wait to work with you in 2017 and beyond to foster a community and world where difference, in all its beautiful, messy forms, is truly embraced so our kids can shine.

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