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Raising Taylor, Finding Superwoman: The Difficult Choices Many Parents Find Hard to Make is about a single mother raising her daughter in today’s competitive world. Author Sharon Taylor-Harris writes candidly about the time, effort, and sacrifices both she and her daughter put into Taylor’s schooling and outside-the-classroom activities. They faced even greater challenges than most parents and children, not only because Taylor-Harris is a single mother, but also because Taylor suffered mysterious and serious medical problems when she was in fifth grade. Also, Taylor-Harris’ quest to give Taylor the best academic advantages suffered a setback because the school Taylor initially attended was in danger of losing its accreditation. Mother and daughter made the huge decision to move to another school district. Happily, Taylor is an extremely bright, hardworking student and excelled inside and outside of her classes. The book ends with Taylor’s acceptance and attendance at a well-regarded university.
Author Sharon Taylor-Harris wrote this book, in her words, to “tell our story to share our accomplishments . . .” and that’s an excellent reason. However, Raising Taylor, Finding Superwoman: The Difficult Choices Many Parents Find Hard to Make does much more than that. It’s an inspiring story for all parents and children. As a father of two, I know that many of the struggles and joys involved in raising my kids to be happy, successful adults are now lost to forgotten memories. Taylor will not have that problem. Her mother has gifted her with a book that they both can read and enjoy for the rest of their lives. I’m sure that someday Taylor’s children will also read this book and learn much about their mother’s early life. That’s a precious gift this mother has given her daughter.