By Nancy Stoops
I have one child named Bryan. Bryan, or should I say Dr. Stoops, will be 38 years old in July. This past week, Bryan became an Assistant Principal at the high school he was working at. He had been at another high school where no matter how great his work and qualifications were his boss just never gave him the promotion he was so very deserving of. For at least five years he would get his hopes up and then he would be let down. As his mother, it was heartbreaking to see him go through this. He finally moved to another school where he was a Dean for barely a year and now they have promoted him to an Assistant Principal.
I am very proud of how hard he has worked on getting a Doctorate Degree and an Administrative Credential. I am equally proud of his tenacity and how he never gave up on his dreams. As defeated as he was made to feel, he never quit. Most parents love their children and I love mine, but I also like who he is. I have so much respect for this incredible man and his amazing spirit. I feel better about this world knowing Bryan is in it. I love seeing how confident he has become. He has accomplished all of this while raising two children and running his Martial Arts school.
So this week I celebrate Bryan and tenacity. Very rarely do I use this column to brag but this week I need to shout it out to the world how very proud I am to be this man’s mother. I also want to remind all of you parents to have faith in your children and to continue to support them however you can. So my hats off to Bryan and all of you that keep having the tenacity to make your dreams come true!
This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T. Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Nancy is now accepting new clients. She also works as a motivational speaker. Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens and can handle many court mandated needs. For more information about any of these services contact Nancy at (909) 229-0727. You may e-mail Nancy at email@example.com. You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the Therapy Dog at Amazon.com.