Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I Don't. . .
Written Fall 2012
We often make "to-do" lists, but have you ever heard of making a "don't" list? In light of the quote above, I have been thinking about slimming down my schedule so that I have time to sit on the couch and read a book to my kids (without feeling stressed about all the things I need to get done), have time to go on an evening walk with my husband, and can sit on the front lawn and enjoy a perfect fall day with my kids. So I started thinking about what things I am not going to do this school year:
1. I am not going to have a regular volunteer day in their classrooms.
I know it sounds terrible to say that. I can feel the guilt, I am a bad mother. In reality, I walk my kids to school every morning. I walk and pick them up every afternoon. I see the Principal, teachers, and aids several times a week. I will be there for programs, parties, and other events. I help my kids with their homework every night. I encourage and teach at home, but this year I feel that it is important for me to maintain a house of order so that I am ready to focus on them when they come home from school. I also would like to have time with the two youngest at home so that I can help them. For many years I have volunteered in their classrooms regularly. I decided this year that I need to be home.
2. I don't send my kids to a paid preschool.
I know that my situation is far different than many other people. If my situation or child's personalities were different I would consider different options. The truth is I love to teach! The most rewarding thing I do in a day is teach my children. I enjoy being their preschool teacher.
3. I don't were the coolest clothes.
I have come to grips with the fact that I am a mother. Tonight I was running out the door for pack meeting as I was eating a peach. The peach was so juicy that juice ran down the front of my shirt (the same shirt I wore while mowing the lawn this morning). I wiped my shirt off with a wet rag. Threw a cardigan and necklace on to distract from the large wet spot and enjoyed a lovely evening at Cub Scout Pack Meeting.
4. I don't buy "cool" food for my kids.
When it come to food, I am not that cool. My kids lunches aren't nearly as cool as some of their friends who bring the following to lunch to school: Juice box, jello, fruit snacks, twinkies, and sometimes a granola bar.
You guessed it, my kids are the ones with a water bottle, carrot sticks, hummus wrap and apple slices. In the long run I guarrentee they feel better!