Two and a half years ago — whoa time flies when you’re popping out babies! — I started the Taking Our Places project. My idea was to make a documentary about education. I read, interviewed experts, and started shooting in a couple schools. But my vision wasn’t taking shape. During that time, I met Chip Wood. His book on children’s development was one of my favorites. He agreed to meet me for lunch and that lunch changed the course of the documentary. Chip helped me realize, the way only great teachers do, what I really wanted. I wanted to make a documentary about parenting, not education. Here’s the thing: education matters, a lot. And I’ve got lots of ideas about that, for sure. But teachers will all tell you, what goes on at home is what matters most. And I know that from my own childhood as well. I didn’t like school, and wasn’t happy or challenged there. But what I’m still working through today is the pain of home. Now, I’m a parent and what I want most is to do right by my kids. But what is that? What is “doing right”? I’m not sure how much I can do to really transform the school system, but what I have complete power to do is to work toward being the best parent I can be. So, let the work begin!