Independence Day

What does independence mean and how do we move forward? 
I have been thinking quite a bit about the word's independence, freedom and equality as 4th of July approaches. It feels like we are going backwards, not forward in our freedoms. 
I recently reread the words of Emma Lazarus’s famous 1883 sonnet “The New Colossus”
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”  The words of Emma Lazarus’s famous 1883 sonnet “The New Colossus”
The Statue of Liberty has stood as a beacon of hope and freedom welcoming millions to the shores of the United States with the promise of liberty and justice for all, not some, but for all. If we don’t all have equal rights and the freedom to choose what’s best for our lives, are we really standing up to what the United States stands for as a nation? 
So, what do we do and how do we move forward as parents of Bright Littles and our future Bright Leaders? We Lead by example!! One of the best ways to teach our kiddos is by doing. Our kids are sponges soaking up the world and their most influential teachers are us as parents. If we don’t like something or someone, they don’t either. Who we are, quickly becomes who they are? 
“The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example” John Wooden