Aunty Aidan: On Guidance and Goodbyes

Dear Aunty Aidan,

Where will I get advice if I can’t read your column? 

Searching for Guidance

Dear Searching,

Oh, so you’ve heard: my not-so-ghostwriter, Ms. Merkel, is retiring from Aidan after 31 years of service. She and I have a close, symbiotic relationship and I have relied on her for support throughout the 9+ years of writing this column. She has told me that Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne is the best parenting book she’s ever read (and she’s read hundreds). She highly recommends Tim Seldin’s How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way if you have a child under the age of 6. And Siblings Without Rivalry by Faber & Mazlish is for those of you whose chidlren interact with other children, including sibs, cousins, neighbors, school chums, etc.

She and I would like to remind you that sometimes you don’t need advice, you just need somebody to listen. May you find that person who will lend an ear sans judgement and may you be that person for someone else. Guidance can be found without searching too far: we both believe you have so much already in your heart and that your children will show you the way. Watch and listen closely.


Aunty Aidan

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