I  am a mother of a 19-year-old college sophomore as of fall 2019. My life is and always has been about opening new routes for people who may not see success on their current pathways. Routes may be defined as ideas or innovations. Usually, when situations look overwhelming or are at a standstill new pathways seem immutably closed.

I don’t have everything all figured out, although sometimes people think I do and I sometimes act as though I do. What I have figured out,  practiced and mastered is a way to respond powerfully to situations. My goal is to create new pathways that open doors to a future in which all parents can be empowered.

I consider a parent to be anyone who pours knowledge, love and care into a young person. If you desire to empower a child's conversations, behaviors and/or actions you are parenting them in some way.

Andrea Swinton