Child Development

Choosing Light

Today was meh. We didn’t do anything special or go anywhere. The boys were fussing back and forth for half the morning. I was still tired from Election eve, when I stayed up all night researching the candidates. 

Last night was cool because we had free passes to see The Grinch. Do yourself a favor and go see it. It’s a hilarious, heartwarming good time for all ages. 

Back to today. We got up at a leisurely pace and I eventually got myself together enough to feed the boys. David was sad because I used the blender and he despises the blender. “Loud!,” he shouted, covering his ears. He enjoyed his keto pancakes though. 

I let the boys play a bit before I did school with Zi. Then it was lunch and a nap. Lunch was yum! I put pizza sauce and mozzarella on top of pepperoni slices and tossed them in the oven for a few minutes. Soooo good. David was having none of it. He just wanted the cheese. 

After lunch, I put Dave down for a nap and decided to take one with him. During our nap, Zi was on Prodigy (free math fun) and decided to do his writing. I was super proud of his initiative. Later in the evening, I took a look at what he’d done. The handwriting part was fine. The free writing was not quite correct. He’d written in pen for one. I assumed he would know that he would need to start a new sheet since it was a new week. Nope. His sentence was at the bottom of last week’s sheet, squished in.

My first inclination was to have him correct today’s writing and catch up on the one he missed yesterday. But I realized I didn’t want to discourage him, especially since he’d taken it upon himself to finish his work. He put the date and everything. 🙂

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget there is plenty of time for us to get it right. I like things to be “right.” I like having the right word, the right outfit, the right order to things. I prefer for things to go the way I envision them, or how I think they need to be. And I’m impatient. I want things to happen quickly. But life is a long game. That’s why I love the unschool philosophy. It trusts that we already have everything we need, just add support. God has shown me time and again that the growing process is slow on my time but perfect on his.

I’m glad I didn’t have Zi correct his work. I encouraged him instead. I told him I was proud of him for taking the initiative to finish his school work. I hope I’m planting seeds of responsibility and self-motivation. That’s the long game.

Philippians 4:8-9
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence
and if there is any praise—dwell on these things. 
Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
and the God of peace will be with you.

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