This morning, my oldest daughter was dressed and ready to go.  The daddy doesn’t leave the house until 8:30 am.  It was only 7:15.    “Can you take us to  camp because I don’t wanna wait around for another hour”.  I expected her to be comatose after the last couple of days of playing tennis in the hot sun.     I bombarded her with questions to jar her memory of the plethora of options to choose from:  
  • Did you write the thank you notes to the generous friends that contributed to your school fundraiser? 
  • Did you write in your journal?
  • How many algebra problems have you solved?
  • Did you contact Guinness for being the fastest reader in the world because you checked out four books from the library yesterday and you’re already finished reading them all? 
When I was finally finished rushing to leave the house, for work, I saw my 6th grader curled up in a chair writing in her journal.  I admit wanting to take a look to she if her page was filled with rantings such as, “My mother is psycho”. 

There is time for it all.  My husband says we make time for the things that are a priority to us.  Setting our girls up for success is our priority.  As parents we are responsible for

1)      Developing their moral compass to point in the right direction (In our house, we serve and honor God)

2)      providing a good education

3)      meeting their physical needs

4)      preparing them for life so they can be good people

5)      proving recreation, entertainment and enjoyment

Will they whine and moan?  Of course they will.    But all that matters is that we’re the parents—we’re in charge—we make the decisions that will be beneficial to their future.   Now she has an entire hour to devote to journaling, solving algebra problems, writing thank you notes, or reading chapter books.  She will thank me when she has her own children.

I’ll thank her for getting college scholarships.

The Summer Education Plan does not mean all work and no play.  But if you treat most summer evenings like a regular homework filled school night, there will be plenty of time to relax, hang out and do the fun stuff summer is made for. 

He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out the plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.“ – Victor Hugo

 


andi
06/23/2011 12:04

oooh, how i enjoyed the read. not a parent but love and agree with your perspective. you go!

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