THE ONLY THING A PARENT CAN DO
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.