Sunday, September 15, 2013

Just school year.

My kids started school right after Labor Day. I admit, I'm one of these parents that look forward to school starting. I like the routine. I like structure. I like a little quiet during the day.

I thought I was ready, but I'm really struggling. I'm overwhelmed with the "new" routine.

My oldest started Middle School. The amount of work and organization that he needs is so much more than he (or me) is use to having. We were warned about the increase but until you are in the middle of it, it's hard to get a grip on it.

My middle boy is starting what we call the nightmare homework year in Elementary School. Again, I've been through this with my first child, but this is a different kid.  He has a different way of doing things, so we have to prepare differently for this year.

Finally my youngest, he is starting third grade. The year that they try to teach the kids to be more responsible for themselves. So I need to try to let him take care of what he needs, and if necessary let him fail on his own to learn.

I'm just overwhelmed with what, as a parent, I need to do. I'm just taking one issue at a time and trying to figure out the best way to solve the problem for our family. Right now the big problem is dinner time. With all the sports and activities we are either rushing to eat or eating really late. I'm going to have have dinner really early and get the old crock pot out.

Do you have any tips on getting dinner to the table on a business day?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Wisdom from a 10 year old.

During a dinner conversation one night, we were trying to encourage our youngest child to learn to ride his bike without training wheels.  

He was afraid of falling, which is natural.

We kept telling him that sometime you have to fall down to learn. That everything takes practice to become good at it. Then I said Failure leads to Success, because I had just read that somewhere.

My oldest looked at me and very seriously said "not if you are skydiving".

I have to admit, this is very true.

It reminded me of those anti-motivational posters that I've seen and it still makes me laugh.