Consistency in parenting is key to success. Every mom worth her Pop-Tarts knows this. But, if we are being honest (and isn’t that always the best policy?) consistency in parenting is consistently difficult to achieve with any sort of, well, consistency.
Today I am earning my consistency badge – or I’m going to die trying. The situation involves the D-word: discipline.
Contrary to popular kid-think, parents do not enjoy discipline. Most of us dread it because discipline most often involves consistency, which can be difficult to achieve and as tricky as making good gravy. Despite diligent whisking and constant stirring, my gravy almost always ends up a little lumpy. I am lacking consistency, in everything from gravy to child rearing.
It’s been a summer of fun, and I hope you’ve enjoyed time with your family and friends. I’m confident that you’re aware this letter is a quick reminder that we’ll be back in session soon. I anticipate a lot of excitement and optimism as we begin our 2013-14 school year together.
Summer has been busy with the usual daily operations, management, and training that take place at the district level. We’ve continued to upgrade our facilities, implement an electronic Boardbook, made significant progress on our strategic plan, investigate PLCs, and initiate the negotiations process with certified staff and transportation contractors.
Every so often it’s good to take the time to stop and smell the roses. To count our blessings. To pause and appreciate the wonders surrounding us. Because they do. In the crazy, busy world we live in, sometimes it’s easy to forget. We put our blinders on, shift into autopilot and coast. Trouble is, when we’re coasting we’re not paying attention and we miss out on the little things. And the big things. Things that are important. And simple. And sweet. Things like:
A fresh new bar of soap.
Singing in the shower. A baby shower.
After working on it nearly all summer, the 2013 Tri-County Resource Guide has finally arrived.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s printed on all-glossy pages. The ads and content look so much better on the glossy paper.
The next thing you’ll notice is that there are not many photos. As it turns out, we added so much information this year that there was almost no space left for photos.
The older I get, the more I realize life ebbs and flows like the tide - rising, receding, coming in, going out. What is possible at high tide is impossible at low tide, and so on. This rhythm and change remains with us as we traverse through our days, months, years and seasons.
This summer, I returned to the garden. I’d taken a respite from having the earth between my fingers for nearly a decade. I’ve always loved putzing in the soil and enjoyed a fair amount of success with the hobby in my younger years. Until, like a vigorous crop of weeds, the hobby of raising kids sort of took over and I found it necessary to put my gardens aside – for the time being.