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Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - February 3, 2012

Guest Opinion: Take a second for our kids

by Nancy Shepherd

I used to love reading "My Turn" in Newsweek magazine. This was an article submitted by a reader on a topic of choice. The one article I remember over the years was from a new parent about applause. She openly contemplated what it would be like if each one of her actions was actually applauded by her family, co-workers and public. For example, walking down the hall to her office and getting to work just a few minutes late after a busy morning and having her workmates give her applause for the accomplishment. Just like the applause parents and friends give babies as they learn to walk, talk and yes, go to the potty. After a simple accomplishment, the adult claps and cheers, and will likely get a toothy grin from ear to ear by a very happy to please toddler. Ah, the joy of parenthood!

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Nancy Shepherd is a member of the Palo Alto City Council, former president, Palo Alto Council of PTAs, board member, Palo Alto Foundation for Education, and trustee Mid-Peninsula High School.

Comments

Posted by Barbara Spreng, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Well done, Councilwoman Shepherd! I so appreciate you calling attention to the role that we all can play. Smile and make eye contact with youths, show interest and respect, celebrate effort (and the accomplishments that follow), reach out when you see a kid in need, show zero tolerance for bullying and click the link provided to learn more about Project Safety Net and its affiliated organizations. Every one of us has the capacity to show we care.