The book in your hands is not fiction. It is a short sample of my daily work; it is a small part of my daily activities with Nala. Each and every page feature something new that both of us learned. The interactions between us, presented here as a narrative, involve evidence-based strategies for teaching. Our ultimate goal is to teach our children to understand the world around them, adapt to the unexpected, and cope with situations in which they may have no control. Nala has taught me so much; to appreciate what is essential, the tender joy in the expectant gaze of a child.