In gardening the term “volunteers” refers to plants which self-seed and thus come back each year on a “volunteer” basis. This is a great situation for many desirable plants. I have had good luck with some flowers coming up along my pond and it makes me think of parenting techniques.

crop vignette flower volunteersThere are all kinds of successful parenting styles: democratic, authoritarian, laissez-fare or easy going. To some degree your parenting will be based on your personality and your rearing. But sometimes your best parenting will just happen by itself.


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