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Here we are admiring another January and another opportunity to hit refresh, to reflect, and to make changes if need be. One thing that I bring to this new year is a rock solid belief in being proactive, and through reflection, I realize that it’s time to pass that on to our two daughters, ages 11 and 10. Why wait on a disaster when you can prevent it, right? Shouldn’t everyone be empowered to do so?

As a teacher, I know sometimes we create classrooms with a one-person-in-charge mentality: me. I am the teacher. I tell you when. I tell you how. Students are taught early to be directed by their teachers, leaving little room for independent thinking.   

Children are also taught “Mother knows best,” which shows up when I see...