|The school book fairy left us these|
So, we are all about seven weeks into the new school year, depending on when you started. How are things going for all of you? This school year is not quite going as I planned it to go. It is not going like last year either. A little something happened on the way to the fourth grade. My eight year old grew and matured a bit. Who expected that? I certainly did not expect it. I am pleased to say that, my tiny wonder is taking on the fourth grade with a great deal of independence.
|My independent 4th grader|
It was my intention to shut off all of my electronic distractions and focus 100% on educating my child. Sadly, as some of you have experienced, I have a full plate of responsibilities that force me to have to stare at my laptop. We have started every morning in prayer and Religion is our first class together. Once we get to Math, I stray to my freelance work and she stalls diligently on math. Hours pass and she is stalling away while I’m staring at a computer feeling unaccomplished.
|Diligently working hard|
This is not a great start to our year. As I say this, I have to recognize that though we are not running in the capacity that I feel we should, she is surprisingly taking on a responsibility of getting her work done. She is independently working on every subject as I work. There are still subjects that we work on together, but she has taken more initiative in working on her own. I have to say I’m pretty proud of my little dynamo. She’s growing up so fast.
I am working on getting myself to bed earlier and trying to get my writing done at a different time. It has not been easy. I have found that my eye sight is failing me and I cannot read very well in the morning hours or the afternoon hours, for that matter. It is my mission to get myself more organized, so that I can get every thing done and still have time to lay down my head and watch a television show or two while doing absolutely nothing and still get to bed by 11:00pm.
The first quarter is two weeks away from being over. We have managed to finish out the 3rd, start the fourth grade and stay on schedule. Things may not be going as I planned, but they are still going. Let’s see if I can get myself in order, within the next two weeks, so that I can focus on my baby girl and guide her better in her quest to continue to be the smartest kid I know.
This post goes out to all of you parenting alone mommas out there. Those who home school especially, but also those of you who don’t. We cannot do everything, though we do everything alone. There are days, weeks and months, that we will find, that we are falling short. Take a moment and observe the situation with a clear head, a non-judgmental head, and find the things that are going right, though it appears things are going wrong. I promise you, there is something going right. Grab a hold of that and keep moving forward. Keep trying to change and make things better. Our babies are growing fast. One day they will be on their own and we will be living alone. Enjoy them while you can. Don’t sweat the small stuff and give yourself a break. You cannot do everything while you have to do everything alone.
What do you to refocus when you feel like you have gotten off track? Lets talk about it.