The school year dictates that we keep a schedule weekly while summer offers promises of slower mornings, quiet late afternoons and early evening lounging by the pool. Remember, if you have kids, you might only have 18 summers with them. Don’t let this summer slip away without enjoying it thoroughly.
I think we can all agree that 2020 has not played out like any of us intended. So many plans, events and every day tasks have been cancelled. In the midst of all of the chaos, there are so many new opportunities to show kindness to those around us. All of us have been affected in one way or another. We could all use a little extra thoughtfulness to brighten our day. Today, I want to give you ten different ways you can be kind to others during COVID-19.
This past week I encountered a new and wonderful experience. Lemons were growing on my daughter’s patio. From the moment I rounded the corner approaching her house, I could smell them. They were divine! From their bright yellow to their intoxicating fragrance, everything about them was perfect. Every day I enjoyed them as I passed. It seems silly, but it is the little things in life that often bring unexpected joy. What are the little things that bring you joy? Lemon poppyseed bread recipe in this week’s blog.
One of the most difficult things in raising a child is training them to be an independent adult. Establish goals that will create autonomy as they mature. Invest time necessary to train your child to do all domestic jobs they will need to succeed as an adult. Your confidence that they can complete the job will eventually lead to a job completed correctly.
Changing schools at any time causes a redirection of the family lifestyle. Some parents select homeschooling because they are running from something. A teacher who does not understand a student’s learning style may discourage his student. The school environment may not be strict enough to force the child’s behavior into compliance. Bullies may be threatening their student, creating a fearful setting that prevents any cognitive progress. Others choose homeschooling because they cannot imagine their child spending all day away from them. They enjoy the joys and challenges of parenting. Some desire a private-school education for their child but cannot afford it. Homeschooling seems a viable route to reach this level of education. Still others dream of what their entire child could be if they custom design her education and skill-building development. Begin by answering the “why.”
One of God’s greatest gifts to me is my Mom. For some time when someone would compliment me, I would say, “It’s because I had such a great mom.” Value exists in pausing to recognize how you came to develop thoughts and actions. I am grateful to have been raised by the best mom. While a thorough list would be extensive, I thought of ten of the most meaningful things that I learned from my most amazing mom.
My car was packed. I was inside enjoying the company of family when my phone rang. My sister was calling. I was unprepared for what followed. My mother had been feeling poorly, so my sister had taken her to the emergency room. Suddenly, she was saying a stream of horrifying words.
Pancreas. Stomach. Colon. Uterus. Liver. Metastasized. Malignant.
I know these words. This is fifth time I have walked with family into this journey of cancer.
I cannot stop crying! I am gasping! Nooooooooo!