Friday, September 12, 2014
Life with Children
This week has been all about getting back in a routine; homework, bedtimes, baseball, ballet, making lunches, setting alarms, etc. The children have settled right in but I'm having a hard time with the fact that the children are getting so old (do I say that every year?). There is so much I want to do with the children, both experiences and character development- but sometimes I get to the end of the day and wonder what I did that made a difference.
Decisions now seem to be rife with long term implications! Should Grace be allowed to text? Should Harris go to manners school since he still sometimes uses his fingers to eat and why hasn't our effort to eat at the table together every single night made a difference in that? How should the children earn money- allowance or chores? Have we worked hard enough to instill a really good work ethic in them (probably, no)? Have we worked enough to combat entitlement and should we have bought that bike for Harris even though there was no special occasion except that he needed a bigger bike? Do I fight this battle or wait for the next? Which one is more important, cause they all feel important? The world is a big place and we haven't exposed the children to other cultures and ways of life enough, how do we do that? And how do we fit in volunteer time? Should we be pushing more or less in academics? If Waldorf is so amazing for Grace why haven't we moved Harris? Are the children going to be good, kind, considerate citizens of this world? I could go on and on and on....
Please tell me I'm not the only one who sometimes feels that I'm running out of time to get it together and that everyone around me already has it together.
P.S. These are just random photos that show up on my phone- selfies I suppose!