When you have kids, you can’t help but notice other kids around you. Not to compare, but more to wonder how the kid got so successful or the opposite. As a parent you are always looking for the magic recipe for how to raise successful kids. And teenagers are particularly scary especially when your child is a baby, and you don’t want to even look ahead to that day.
Hubby and I have been lucky. We met Ms Panda when she was twelve. DJ was a couple months old when another teacher at the school told him that her daughter would help over the summer. Her persistance over her daughter helping led us to make Ms Panda’s acquaintence. Ms Panda was a quiet preteen who loved kids. And she adopted DJ as the little sister she has always wanted.
What we have learned over the past nine years is that she is smart, talented, self-aware, and athletic. It is an over used analogy but it has been fun watching her blossom into a woman.
Ms Panda is not only a great babysitter, she is family (as is her mom) and a great friend.
Ms Panda is on the verge of completing her degree (or two) in three years with no summer school. And today we learned the she has been accepted to Princeton’s Seminary program. An application sent on a whim resulted in a surprise acceptance. Now they are trying to figure out how to get her there.
I love having Ms Panda around the girls as a role model. They look up to her. The Hubby and I are proud of her. And if anyone deserves this opportunity it is her.