‘Both … and …’: Parenting for Adulthood

I have been parenting for 12 years, and before I became a parent I taught for 18 years. Our children, ages 12 and 8, are being raised within our meeting. Many times in my life as a Friendly parent I find myself not wanting to choose between two alternatives but to look at both of them and find some ground between them. Hence the title of this essay. I am eager to raise my children to be caring, courageous, compassionate, and faithful adults who know their own gifts and strengths and use them in service to the human family🔒

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Susan Tannehill, a member of Buffalo (N.Y.) Meeting, recently returned to the classroom and teaches high school full-time while still homeschooling her children. As a result, she says, she is currently “parenting by epistle.”

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