As I begin to wrap up a thrilling and fulfilling career at SCH, I thought that having been in this field for over thirty years and a parent for forty-five, I have a unique perspective that time and experience have given me. And in packing up my professional books and looking over my dissertation, I was reminded of the authors whose books I read, some of which focused on the fragilities of adolescence in an alarmist way. However, there have been terrific authors, speakers, and psychologists, many of whom have spoken at our school, who really get kids and, while not being blinded to their challenges (and there are many), tend to be more optimistic and hopeful. I think this is why I am drawn to the writings of Rachel Simmons, Rosalind Wiseman, Dr. Michael Thompson, Dr. Ned Hallowell, and Rob Evans. But an all-time favorite is Wendy Mogel and her wonderful book, Blessings of a Skinned Knee, that I found, as a parent, an educator, and a speaker, so affirming, funny, and wise. She celebrates the trials and tribulations that all children undergo while also reminding the reader that it is okay to be average, to not always be the star, and, for parents, that sometimes a child being the tree in the school play is just that and doesn’t need a dozen long stems.