A Positive Start

Rather than spend time getting myself in a tizzy over what needs to be “corrected” or “improved”, I thought I would take a moment to think of what I’ve done right.

Sadly, a moment is about all it will take.

I’m thinking specifically along the lines of school, though I may be able to throw in some other things.

So, things I’ve done “right”:

  • had the kids learn to type (around age 10)
  • taught the kids to find at least two resources (preferably 3: 2 opposing and 1 midline) when looking up information.  However, Wikipedia is still a favorite with them for quickie information.
  • taught the kids how to cook.  Drew prefers to bake, and Tyler prefers stove-top cooking.
  • taught the kids actual grammar (rather than “implied”)– the older two are much better than I.
  • “chilled” with my little men.  There are times when I look at my older two and suspect some of their issues are the direct result of me pushing them too hard, too fast when they were too young.
  • taught the kids how to read and follow a map.  BTW, those map workbooks, don’t “cut-it” (though they can help).  Give your kids a map of your next field trip site and have them direct you to certain locales.  (We did this in Brugges and Brussels.)
  • OH!  Just remembered this one.  While we were visiting my parents I heard Drew offer to help my mom on at least one occasion — WITHOUT my prompting!

It’s your turn!  Take a moment to think about what you’ve done right and blog about it.  Putting it in writing makes a world of difference in your daily outlook.

Oh, and if you blog about it, let me know!  (I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve, ya know.)

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One comment on “A Positive Start

  1. se7en says:

    Haha – love the “moment”… I taught my kids to do research on Wikipedia too and then discovered one of mine writing the Wiki article he was referencing – very sneaky!!! It is very hard to be mad when they are being so clever!!! Lots of love!!!

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