Disclaimer: Jamie is my dear friend, and I am absolutely biased. Once you “meet” her, I think you will be, too.
Jamie and I met when we both lived in the Washington, DC area. Now she’s in Conneticut and I’m in Lousisiana. Two years ago, I took a personal day to fly up and spend the weekend with her family. She’d been working on her manuscript for several months and wanted me to have a look. I sat with it on her sun porch one chilly morning, soaking in what she had created so far. What spoke directly to me was her idea of professional parenting — treating family life with the same professional, intentional approach we take with our jobs.
This might sound off-putting or like some Mary Poppins fantasy. To me, it was liberating. It was so good to reflect on how I wanted to move forward with my children and not just stumble through life as it comes.
Jamie never gives the impression there is one way to parent, but encourages and challenges parents to give their best.
So Jamie, Hooray! Great work. I’m so proud of you.