If you, like me, put one of your treasures on a school bus last week (or this week for some of you), you should read THIS. You should read the whole thing to really get it, but here's my favorite quote:
"My maternal feelings mislead me. There is no betrayal of a child's trust in sending him out into uncertainty: there is only opportunity to further teach him the one worthy Object of his trust---and to learn the lesson again for myself. To paraphrase a favorite author, I cannot raise my children to be safe, but I can raise them to be strong."