Choosing to slow down

My husband has been reading a book called  Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Dr. Richard A. Swenson. At times Steve has shared some of what he has read with me, and a passage he read last night really caught my imagination and set me to thinking overtime about the subject of anticipation and reflection.

By |December 4th, 2012|Advent, Christmas, Coffee with Steve, Parenting|0 Comments

Letting our Children Fail

I am staring at the cutest greeting card I think I’ve ever seen.  It is of a boy about five or six years old in a striped shirt holding a hammer and attempting to build a little wooden boat.  He is scrunched over with intense concentration as he tries to hit the nail directly on the head.  Inside, the card reads: If at first you don’t succeed, try again.

As I was looking at the card and enjoying the artwork, I thought of all the times we moms try to make things perfect for our children.  We want to help them do everything so that they will feel successful and have “adult” perfect projects.  We don’t want them to experience any frustration, and of course