Happy August! I just want to let you know I’m still alive. Having little people around me constantly translates into zero writing opportunities. But I’m taking a minute to steal away and reflect on the summer thus far. Although school is out, the learning continues, maybe more for me than the kids. We are discovering valuable life lessons every week.
At the top of the list is managing expectations. This is a weekly, sometimes daily lesson that, for some reason, is quickly forgotten. Why can’t we just go into everything with absolutely no expectations? Wouldn’t that make things easier? Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen and so we have to learn to adapt and go with the flow.
We are also learning how our family works best as a team, how we all have a role to play and job to do. My kids have certain tasks around the house they are expected to do. When they choose to complain about doing them, I try to encourage them and point out how valuable their job is. It makes us stronger as a family and lightens the burden of housework.
We are (trying) to navigate how to spend massive amounts of family-time together and still like each other. Tucked inside of this is another lesson; how powerful our words are. Sometimes we say things we regret after So. Much. Time. Together. And although we can apologize, the sting of our words can linger.
Additionally, we are practicing being thankful and content. Often times, the more my kids get to do, the more they want. So that might mean we pull away and spend the day at home, remembering how it is a privilege when we get to do fun activities, not a right. Let’s nip that entitlement in the bud right now!
Since my last post and our ‘summer reset’, we have been doing a better job of enjoying our summer break. While I was writing this, I asked both of my kids what they have learned this summer. Levi said, “Not to use rude words” and Ellie said, “Jesus”. That’s my girl, when in doubt, the answer is always Jesus.