You're Not Doing This Alone!

We have a sign in our home that has piled up a good deal of mileage traveling from one room, and from one member of the family, to another. What's the message that makes this sign so important to us? Just five simple words, "You're not doing this alone!"

Our sign began its life nearly two years ago as a scrap of paper with those few words scrawled on it in colored pencil. Our daughter was trying out for the position of assistant captain of her high school drill team. She was a junior, while most of the other girls would be seniors, a fact she felt put her at a great disadvantage. Also, since this was a private school, each girl's music had to be passed by the principal. Our daughter was having trouble finding a piece that both she and the principal enjoyed. What should have been a happy, exciting time for her was turning into a period of tension and frustration.

Discipline and Childhood
January 11, 1975

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