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Back to school this year made me achieve this level of restraint. What got me to this point? With my oldest getting “silent lunch” with the dean on the 4th day of school, then my education at Back to School Night on how the same child had tried to snow me all week about a procedure with his planner, and finally having to muscle the same child through his homework during breakfast because he had forgotten his math book—which I retrieved for him at that Back to School Night… let’s just say I was DONE. How is your back to school parenting going? Commiserate.
I love that my child can reach levels of satisfaction and happiness to the point where she believes I can do no wrong. But I don’t love it so much that I forget how crucial it is to teach her that to err is so human.
Life feels like tectonic plates at times; things shift ever so slowly, and then all at once there is huge upheaval bringing a myriad of changes.
Today as I was sitting in church between my two youngsters, I found myself observing them through my peripheral and engaging in something truly mental. As my son had the under-seat bible open on his lap and was making a valiant effort to follow along with the pastor’s reading, my daughter on the flip side had a hymnal book open and was pretending to follow along with what she thought was a song we had just sang. As the mind often does, it went through a variety of suppositions and assumptions within a matter of nanoseconds: knowing my son is now in the fast-pace portion of his reader class and has received a few recent paper rewards touting his reading progress, the thought voiced itself, “He might be the reader.” In like kind, recalling the repeated instances when my daughter has been softly singing to herself made-up songs or her […]