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Letter from the Publisher

Jul 29, 2015 10:07PM
Dear Friends and Fellow Parents,

In our blended family, my husband, John, and I have five children with five significant others, four grandchildren and one more due at the end of this month. Hallelujah! Even though our children are grown and living somewhere other than home, I am blessed that I usually have interaction with a least one child each day. Weekends tend to involve visits—at our place or theirs. Both John and I start to feel a little antsy when we haven’t had time with our kids—to be a presence in their lives in some way.

When they were younger, being present was even more crucial. I was able to be home with my two children a great deal before I went back to work full time. I served as room mother and was the coach of my children’s Odyssey of the Mind teams for several years while they were in primary school. I enjoyed those years immensely although at the time, I don’t know if I savored sitting on the floor, playing with Legos, quite as much as I should. There are many sweet memories of times past, with many more to come.

The notion of presence is important but just as important is the troubling research in a number of studies that show that children of “helicopter” parents tend to be more depressed and have higher rates of suicide attempts. Getting right the balance between nurture and overbearing, obviously, is crucial. Our feature theme this month is enlightened parenting. Our goal is to provide guidance to support parents in the toughest job they will ever love.

We also have a series of articles about ways that parents can be in control of their children’s health. Dr. Chas Gant’s article on epigenetics overturns the prevailing notion that good parenting, alone, can affect a child’s path to adulthood and provides the latest medical research on what parents can do to change the track of their children’s lives toward health and good behavior.

There are local resource people, like Anne Maitrepierre, profiled this month, who work with parents of children with autism. She helps these parents and caregivers deal with a new diagnosis and shares her wisdom of making lifestyle changes that can greatly improve and enhance the child’s quality of life and the family’s ability to deal with it. Also, Laina Poulakos is in the spotlight. Her work with aromatherapy and herbs has changed the life of her children and led her to a career in helping other parents discover healthier options for dealing with everyday concerns.

There are a few more weeks of summer to enjoy—with your children, with your spouse and with your friends. I hope you get to make the most of these days and be present in those times to make memories that you will savor for a lifetime.


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