It’s been a fractious and polarizing election season – and with the first debate this week, it’s far from over. Him or Her? Red or Blue? Black Lives Matter and Common Core and avoiding traffic on 141 and where to park for soccer on Saturday mornings – everyone has an opinion. It seems that no one can agree on anything.
But this week in the Brandywine Valley we have been able to agree on this: community matters. Our hearts are with the Wilmington Fire Department and the Leach and Fickes families, as are the hearts of so many. Before the names of the deceased had even been announced, the N. Wilmington Moms Facebook group had already started a meal train. Community matters. There’s a tiny girl in the Hockessin area in the fight of her life against Stage IV Neuroblastoma – and scores of people sporting “I’mWithZoe” bracelets and $60k raised on her go fund me page to help the family clean Zoe’s environment so they can protect her immune system, and so they can travel to evaluate her condition. Community matters. Our girl scout leader broke her leg this summer – and the scout families and other families swooped in to help. Community matters.
We work so hard as parents. And every week, we talk here about ways we can do better. Get the morning routine going, don't yell, get outside, take care of yourself, be present, read, and on and on and on. For this week, know that what you are doing is enough. You love your children enough to keep trying, to stay endlessly hopeful. And that is enough. It is humorous at times just how much pressure we put on ourselves. We have to see that and laugh. So watch this. Then you can go back to making your list for the week. xo Dr. Amy
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