I am almost finished with Stressed Out Girls and I just wanted to tell you --- whew!--- what a relief it is to read a book like that. I was a straight A student (except a few B’s in college!), always wondering why my girls didn’t follow in my footsteps – I always wracked my brains about it, examining and re-examining what I didn’t do right for them that they didn’t turn out like me as students….After reading your book I realized that I was pretty much ALL about academics as a kid – I never left room to explore that much of anything else.. My kids are talented musicians, athletes, artists – all of their own choice with no push from me or my husband…. From you I realize that I’m doing a lot more right by them by letting them explore who they are and what they want out of life – much more right than wrong… I loved the part about not being judgmental about report cards (I never am, although sometimes I’m dying inside)… but I do like your suggestion to ask them if they feel good about it or not. I will try that one next time. It’s soooo hard in a place like Westport to keep your compass straight – everyone pushes their kids and so much conversation revolves around grades and college. Thanks for letting me know that my family is really on a good path…and that I have a lot to be proud of…

M.C.