It is such a shame when potential goes unrealized, but so much worse when you think of a child's feelings being hurt by a a clueless teacher! I like to think that even the ones who screwed up didn't mean to, they just didn't realize what they were doing. I try so hard with my own children to compliment them in ways that work, that encourage and boost them without injuring the sibling, but who knows what damage I am unknowingly doing. (but as karky says, "why worry today, when i can worry tomorrow...why worry today...."
so, my hobbies are reading, gardening, watching tv,, and making jewelry. I've debated sharing my website where I sell stuff, but I'm paranoid because, I just am! If I can figure out how, I'll paste some pics over. Unfortunately, like i think karky said when she was needlepointing for breadbaskets, when you start doing it for money it sort of loses the fun. on the other hand, as a stay at home mom, there's nothing like a COMPLETED PROJECT that somebody PAYS for to boost your ego. the endless cleaning and laundry and cooking, etc.--just don't engender the kind of praise that I need. But when I can make a necklace, and someone says, "wow, that's beautiful, I want to buy that" and then especially if they come back and buy one for a friend, it's a wonderful feeling. It's not even as important as the laundry and cooking and cleaning and just care and love, but it is still something different and wonderful. I don't really make any money for the jewelry I make, just sort of cover expenses (and pay for a cleaning lady once a week!) but it's totally worth it for the compliments. I love being a sahm, but it is really so nice to have something that 5 minutes after it's done, doesn't have to be done again.