THE ONLY THING A PARENT CAN DO

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I love this bit of parenting advice from the actor Tom Hanks.

Somewhere along the line, I figured out the only thing really, I think, eventually a parent can do is say, “I love you, there’s nothing you can do wrong, you cannot hurt my feelings.  I hope you will forgive me on occasion, and what do you need me to do?  You offer up that to them.  “I will do anything I can possibly do in order to keep you safe.” That’s it.  Offer that up and then just love them.

I once asked Jarrett if I was a good mother. He said, "I'm not in jail, am I?"  A low bar to be sure, but good enough.