Patricia Sasser is a Dean of Students at a Connecticut boarding/day high school where she works specifically with the junior class, facilitates student leadership training, and is heavily involved with diversity and inclusivity work. Prior to working in education, Patricia was an Associate Producer at ESPN in Bristol, CT. Patricia also defines herself as a third-culture kid (aka Foreign Service brat) having grown up living in Washington DC, Nigeria, Haiti, and Niger during her elementary and middle school years. Patricia now resides in Windsor, CT with her husband and her 6 1/2 year old son., who's an active and curious one just like his mama.
1. Please describe yourself in ten words.
2. Nobody ever told me parenting would require me to ...
“Relearn the Taxonomy so that I could explain what order bees, wasps, beetles, and mosquitos were in to my son.”
3. Kids say the darndest things. One of the best things that ever came out of my child's mouth was ...
“Mommy, I’m not a patient man”
4. My worst 2am moment with my child was ...
When my son was under about 5-6 months old, my husband and I could not get my son to stop crying. He didn’t have a temperature and wasn’t teething. We were microwaving warm wash cloths to put on his stomach and could not figure out what was going on. Neither of us slept that night, and neither did he. My husband called out of work for the next day and we made an appointment to see the doctor. At about 7am my son passed gas, rolled over and fell asleep. All we could do was laugh (with exhaustion) before we crashed and fell asleep too.
5. My idea of perfect family happiness is …
All three of us sitting in our pajamas snuggled up on the couch watching a movie together.
6. What is the best parenting advice you gave or received?
Lead with love. There is no manual to tell you how to do it (parenting) all perfectly right. If you start with loving your child(ren) unconditionally then you are on the right track. So lead with love, the rest will come and keep a sense of humor.
7. What is your favorite book to read with your child?
When he was younger I’d loved reading Sandra Boynton’s "Hippos Go Berserk”. Now, there is no favorite book in particular; we just love reading chapter books together.
8. I would win the parenting award for ...
The children’s library collection being created in my son’s room. It contains picture books, chapter books, some classics, and quite a few books that reflect my son’s diversity and the diversity in the world.
9. I would be put in the parenting penalty box for ...
Being more patient with the other team (my students) than my own team (my son)
10. If your children were characters from fiction, who would they be?
Pierce would liken himself to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo at this time and I think Pierce is more like a muppet or a fraggle.
11. If your family had theme song, what would it be?
By Your Side by Sade and Crazy Youngsters by Ester Dean
12. The title of the movie about your family life would be ...
Mixing it up!
The Twigtale Twelve - Patricia Sasser was originally published on September 22, 2015. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on January 8, 2016.