My email signature is, “Lord, show me how You see them, show me how You’ve gifted them, shoe me how to guide them. Amen.” This fall as Grace has started middle school and the new opportunities it brings, God has shown me some of her gifts. And that I’ve been wrong about them.
My girl can sing. She could sing on key before she could speak. I’m not even a little bit exaggerating right now. And the kicker is, she refused to be in choir. In choir you have to sing the same songs over and over. In choir you … Read the rest
We are into the school year now, and learning how to swim in this middle school pool we find ourselves in. Grace’s anxiety was beginning to show as the first day drew nearer as evidenced by her increasing silence whenever school was mentioned.
We went to the 6th grade “Transition Day” where she had the opportunity to meet her two core teachers, see some of the students who would be in her classes (many of whom she knew from elementary school), and practice her locker combination. And practice, and practice, and practice. This day was immensely helpful!
One thing we’ve … Read the rest
Tonight was yet another first for me in this parenting gig: middle school open house. Allow me to set the scene…
The gym was set up with tables around the perimeter with each elective, club, sport, and music option represented. They each had a teacher or coach, and an information sheet available for the students. After making the round, a current 6th grader took you on a tour of the 2nd floor, which is almost exclusively used by 6th graders.
Here is what I learned tonight…
She gets to start choosing the smaller paths of her life. I let Grace … Read the rest
This is a worksheet that Ada brought home from school…
What’s bugging you at school?
What really bugs me at school is that we have to stay at school for one hundred eighty days and we are only at the one hundred forty-sixth day!
What’s bugging you at home?
The thing that bugs me every day at home I have to deal with the two littler kids who argues about who plays with me! (We have two neighbors who don’t really get along)
What’s bugging you in the world?
What really bothers me in the world is that people do … Read the rest
As parents I think we sometimes get so busy down in the trenches of where we are currently that we forget to stand up and take a look around. Right now Grace is in a rough patch, and if I stay down in this trench parenting her it can feel like we don’t make any progress.
Last night I was thinking back to last summer when she was filled with first day of school anxiety: starting a new year with a new teacher, new classroom, and potentially all new kids. I had to take her in to meet her teacher … Read the rest