For Cathy, motherhood became an avenue for personal growth and awareness. She worked passionately and intentionally to develop a parenting approach which blended traditional values with empowerment and alternative methods. Motherhood became a quest to identify her true beliefs and deliberately pass them onto her children. Continually in a state of self-reflection, she asked herself: how can I ensure that my children learn to value family unity alongside independent thought? Cathy read, researched, inquired, tried, failed and tried again to discover her approach to motherhood. Cathy's ultimate goal for her children was to foster love, joy, creativity, dignity, and community. She worked tirelessly to cultivate respect for all people and recognition that all opinions have value. Within the University of Motherhood lies the story of her journey from childhood to motherhood. Cathy hopes that readers experience as much joy and inspiration reading as she had writing about her many adventures and discoveries.