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When my daughter was five years old, I cried on her first day of Kindergarten. It was hard to let go of my sweetest little girl. I wondered if the other kids would play nice and if the teachers would be fair. My daughter, on the other hand, went running into the class without ever looking back. She was so ready for the “Big Girl” school. Her love for school never dwindled. Now, as she gets ready to start High School, I can’t promise that I won’t do the same on the first day. This time I will cry because I know that the days will fly by faster and my “baby girl” will become a woman before I know it. I wish I could be there to watch her “ah-ha” moments, to hear her corny jokes, to see the girls giggle, to encourage her to flirt back, to push her to volunteer, to cheer louder than all the other parents when she sings, plays her instruments or acts out every line in her school plays. Most of all, I wish that I could be with her, standing shoulder to shoulder, as she makes each life changing decision. But, I know that I cannot be there all the time. I must learn to let go and trust that she will make good choices. I must have faith that I have given her the tools to build wisely. But, just in case, I wrote this book so that she can take her family's advice with her to High School. These timeless words of advice will be treasured for years to come.
Dr. Bria McDonald, is a life-long learner who holds many titles including: BA, MS, Ed.D., & PMP. She has been a Technology Consultant [with many Fortune 500 clients], a Motivational Speaker and an Author of several books including, "The Official Parent's Handbook: Spare the Rules, Spoil the Child." Her motto is Each One Help One, which she uses in the name of the company that she founded in 2005. EOHO Consulting is a full service Web Design and Internet Marketing company which has been helping customers to level the playing field for small businesses on the web. A percentage of the company's profits are donated to charities that focus on women's issues such as: Domestic Violence and Healthcare for uninsured families. Together, Dr. Bria McDonald believes that each of us can make a big difference in the world!