My mom is a play therapist and a miracle worker. Her secret power sounds simple: She absolutely accepts children as they are. Not as their teachers, classmates, or parents wish they would be. As they actually are—in all their turbulent, disruptive, exasperating glory. The children she works with throw rocks, scream in class, and bite the other kids. When they throw rocks at her, she says, "You are really strong to be able to throw those rocks so far!"