The girls getting ready to see A Christmas Carol at ASF in December.
It has been a tough week. A real doozey. And if I am honest it is mainly my fault. Though I try to find a hundred different reasons why it has been a hard one, I look down to see the fault lying squarely at my feet. My attitude is not quite ready to admit it, but deep down I know.
I will not go into too many details here. My girls are getting to the age where it may be embarrassing to see some of our issues here. There not just mine, but there's as well, so I will let them remain somewhat private. But just know we are struggling with the same things so many parents struggle with. I tend to post the positive here since this is our scrapbook, so to speak, but the bad stuff likes to rear it's ugly head quite a bit.
As I was looking over some blog posts that I had bookmarked to read this week, there was one that reached out and smacked me right in the heart.
The author talks about changing perspective. I tend to look at our school list and see what we did not get done. Or if one of the girls is struggling with a subject I may really get worked up about it. Or if one of them is not taking school work seriously or shirking responsibility, I totally feel defeated and like a failure. And while I do this, I totally overlook all the wonderful learning that has gone on for the day or week. Or how hearts were touched or a skill mastered that has nothing to do with formal academia.
We began our homeschooling journey several years back and it has become easy to get bogged down in the lists (I'm a list person!), the schedules (I'm a schedule person!), and the activities and forget the very reason we started this journey to begin with.
Today a sweet friend paid one of my daughters a complement that I may never forget. On the drive home, I almost cried because she had to point this particular thing out to me--I failed to see it myself.
So, if you are struggling with seeing how great your kids are, take a look at this post over at Simple Homeschool and be reminded that so many good things are going on in the lives of your kids. They are growing and need us to recognize the good more than the bad.