• attend a sleepover
• have a playdate
• be in a school play
• complain about not being in a school play
• watch TV or play computer games
• choose their own extracurricular activities
• get any grade less than an A
• not be the No. 1 student in every subject except gym and drama
• play any instrument other than the piano or violin• not play the piano or violin.
Like her furry canine role model, the Pom Mom understands that in order to thrive, her little ones need ample opportunities to run, play, explore, snuggle, eat, sleep and receive treats and rewards for good behavior.While the Pom Mom acts as the leader of her pack of pups, she doesn't exercise maternal muscle through bullying, demeaning, threatening or deprivation.Her governing principle is nurturance.Her basic belief is that love is a stronger motivator than fear.She is big believer in the value of free play, of fun, of discovery.She sees curiosity as a birthright.The ability to perform tricks for applause is meaningless to her.What matters is creativity and character.She knows her offspring by their sweet individual traits and knows that the flip-side to a stubborn streak is often tenacity of spirit, that an overly timid pup needs to be taught the value of risk-taking.She fosters sibling loyalty and is proud when her children act in compassionate, even selfless ways.She glows when they master a difficult challenge and understands her important role as protector, teacher, enabler and cheerleader.She scoffs at the empty designation "Best in Show."She knows that the best part of life is to be found in the comfort of each other's embrace and that, as Peanuts famously stated, "Happiness is a Warm Puppy."