School Year’s Eve Resolutions

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on August 29, 2009

JuiceBoxJungle has a funny show (see my sidebar) about Losing It that helps you feel better about yourself as parent and reminds you to enjoy those crazy times, as well as the calm ones. What better time to remember this than the beginning of the busy new school year?

Cookie Magazine and the PTA are debuting School Year’s Eve this year, to celebrate the start of the new school year and education, by encouraging party-throwing and resolution making. They’ve asked me to talk about my own School Year’s Eve resolutions.

We start school the day after Labor Day, this year. As a homeschool mom, I think I offer a unique perspective on creating goals – resolutions, if you will – for our upcoming year. Here they are ::

schoolworkonthefloorI will daily remind myself why I am homeschooling :: God has given me a mighty job in raising my kiddos for Him and teaching them at home. But, I can’t lose sight of the fact that I am ultimately doing this out of obedience to Him and love for my kiddos. What He has called me to do, He will equip me to accomplish. He may have to equip me with extra patience this year!

I will turn off the computer and phone during school-time :: It is so easy to lose focus, but My kids’ education comes first. Work comes second. Every day.

I will not raise my voice in anger :: With six kiddos, four of whom will have a daily school schedule, I will have to work extra hard to accomplish this goal. I can do it.

I will not expect too much of my kids :: Reminding myself of their age and maturity level will help me treat my kiddos with more respect. They may only be able to sit still for read-aloud time for 25 minutes. That’s okay. They’re young.

I will not get down on myself :: God is in control and will give me the strength to face each new day with a fresh desire to serve Him. Of that I am sure. Just as I won’t expect too much of my kiddos, I will set realistic expectations on myself, as well.

As much as I am not a scheduled sorta gal, I look forward to the daily routine as we head back to school.

But, first… VACATION!!
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This post is sponsored by Cookie Magazine. Of course, the views and opinions expressed in this post are purely my own, and are not influenced by the sponsor.

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