From Mrs. Lesser
Dear Penrose Families,
Happy New Year 2019! Even though I was able to "escape" the holidays with a comedy of errors family trip to Kauai, I am so happy December is OVER! Perhaps life at school and home can get back to "normal".
Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? You know, the resolutions where you vow to exercise, steer away from junk food, and start a new budget. While you reflect on past bad habits and set new directions for your personal life consider your parenting habits and direction too.
Words of warning, if you are like me, you probably feel a little inadequate as you look back on your past practices. I nag too much, over-react too often, praise too little and regret not spending enough quality time with my boys. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Not only is parenting the world’s hardest job, but children aren’t born with owner’s manuals so we tend to rely on trial and error a great deal.
As you ponder the next twelve months of parenthood here are a few resolutions to consider. We can’t adopt every idea. Be realistic and choose one or two to add to your list of resolutions.
-I resolve to talk less and listen more.
-I resolve to remember that experience can be messy. I will allow my child to learn from the messes he makes, and the cleanup that follows.
-I resolve to hold my child accountable for his decisions and choices with gentleness and love.
-I resolve to make myself more dispensable and assist my child in becoming increasingly in charge of himself (man this one is going to be tough).
-I resolve to fix problems rather than fix blame, by maintaining a solution-seeking mindset and teaching my child a problem-solving process.
-I resolve to give my child more "experiences" vs. more "things".
-I resolve to put down my phone and read more, to myself, and my little.
-I resolve to be open to the lessons my child offers me and honor him for
helping me learn and grow.
May 2019 bring you health, wealth, and happiness!