Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Perfect Post – Your Child's Happiness

A Perfect Post Lucinda and MommaK came up with a great idea to allow bloggers to recognize their favorite post for the month. My Perfect Post Award goes to Mary P of It's Not All Mary Poppins!

For those of you who don't already know, Mary P cares for a half dozen children in her home daycare and writes amusing anecdotes and beautiful advice on childrearing. I have a collection of her posts carefully bookmarked (Eliminating Whining, Expecting Respect, Handling Tantrums) and hope that she publishes a book someday. I'd buy a copy for every mom and dad I know.

In her Perfect Post, Mary P writes about what every parent hopes for a child – happiness. However, is that really the right goal to have in mind? She argues that it would be better to aim for having your child become a kind, compassionate, and considerate person, and then happiness will be a by-product.

Thanks for the thought-provoking post, Mary P!


lara said...

i heartily agree - that was an excellent post. good job, Mary P.! :)

mothergoosemouse said...

I loved that post too - fantastic reassurance to a group of people already bearing the weight of too much guilt (mommies and daddies alike).

Lady M - lovely to meet you this past weekend! Looking forward to reading you more often, and seeing you next year!

Her Bad Mother said...

Mary P is awesome, and that was a great post! Good choice!

(And! So nice meeting you!)

Lady M said...

Yay for Mary !

Kari - thanks for the darling book for Q.

mgm and hbm - So good to meet you in person. I'm really enjoying reading everyone's recaps and reflections.

Kristen said...

Yes, Mary P is absolutely wonderful. We love her over here.