The other day a friend of mine was on the phone with her father and received a sharp reminder of the power of parental words.
"So, Dad, I'm thinking of looking for a new job," she said as they were chatting. "I've been doing the part-time thing for a while now, and I'm ready to step it up."
"I don't know, honey," he said after a pause. "Do you think there's anything out there for you?"