Friday, August 28, 2015

Kindergarten Reflections

Last year I blogged, "Rylyn started kindergarten this week. To be honest, while an exciting milestone, not an emotional one for me."

I also later wrote, "Things got emotional about three weeks in, after I found out my 3 year-old wasn't adjusting as I thought."

Here is what I would say to myself a year ago as my first-born entered junior kindergarten:

-The first day of school doesn't have to be emotional, but be prepared for emotion as a result of your child attending school.
-Your child may have accidents...all year.
-Your child is three, one of the youngest in the class, and may at times act as such. This includes embarrassing tantrums.
-Your child is not perfect, teach her, but also lay-off and love her first.
-You don't have to send her to school every day, but send her. Your child's teachers are on the same team as you (and they are wonderful). If you send her, you will see growth.
-Teaching a couple periods of kindergarten a week will give you insight that makes you a better parent, more than it will make you a better teacher.

Below is a video from our garden this year. The peonies are my favourite to watch bloom. We hacked our mulberry back so much in the fall, we swore it would not survive. Wrong. I am telling the present me, "It is okay to be wrong." I am telling my children too. They will bloom. They will grow.

"Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard of good things in the sight of all men." Romans 12:15-17

Lord, may I rejoice with my children when they rejoice. May I weep with my children when they weep. May I encourage them when they fail. Set our eyes on Your goals and grant us the wisdom needed to see them through. Thank you for Rylyn's excitement to be a "Senior" this year. May she guide the "Juniors" with humility. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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