As an educator I always love the start of the school year the same way one relishes in the possibilities at New Year's. There is something about starting anew, setting goals, and having an open canvas to create memories that motivates. This year the nostalgia of having a child in his last year of preschool and a recently turned two year-old has me reflecting on how much I have learned from my children. Each in his own way inspires me and shapes the person/mother I am now.
Big A has this constant curiosity. He is never (ever) afraid to ask "why" and thrives on a burning desire to understand. His heart is always open in the most caring way and he will surprise you with the most endearing thought, as though it is just that easy to show compassion. There are these moments where I will observe him as he takes such care of his younger brother that leave me speechless. There is never a hesitation to help out in a tricky situation or express concern when he sees discontent. All this and we have barely hit the age of four.
Little A has this unrelenting determination. He may not do it perfectly, or really in the proper manner at all, but he does everything with conviction. He owns it with pride far greater than the weight of his twenty-three pound body. I don't know another person whose smile can light up a room the way Little A's does and I am constantly in awe of his ability to be completely present in the moment. He looks at each an every opportunity with openness.
There are a million aspects of my life that I could dissect, criticize, or try to adjust. I've come to realize the best moments come from the insanity of it all, and at this point my two very young children have been able to teach me more about compassion, heart, individuality, independence, and living in the moment than I could have imagined. When you become a parent you are prepared to impart knowledge and help your children grow. Little do you know just how much they will influence you.
As I think about the school year ahead I am not focused on curriculum or how progress will be measured. I know these details will be in place and come with the structure of the educational environment. My head and heart are entrenched in the amazing wonders of our family, what we learn from one another, and how we are growing together and as individuals. I look ahead to an academic year full of wonder, enrichment, and surprise, most of which I anticipate in the walls of our very own home.
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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