Life Lesson

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School starts tomorrow for my three kids. My little one goes off to kindergarten and let's just say my husband offered to get me a fish to keep me company. Yep, I am one of those moms who will send them off with a big smile and then shed tears after the bus has left. The only bonus is I will have more time to write... 

I will have A LOT of time to write... 

Anyways, I thought I'd take some time to talk with my kids about what it will take for their year to be successful.

Reflecting back to our trip to Acadia, I showed my kids pictures of them hiking Cadillac Mountain. It was a 3 1/2 mile hike with a steady climb. Watching them do this hike had me think about the character qualities it took them to get to the top of the mountain.

Patience
Perseverance
Focus
Courage
Determination
Being flexible to the pace of others
Willingness to do the work and overcome challenges
Strength of heart to see it through to the end
Encouraging words toward self and those around you
Endurance

At the top of the mountain, as I watched them look at the beautiful view with gratitude and appreciation, the sense of accomplishment they had was priceless.

I complimented them, not on being great hikers, but on the character qualities they exhibited while hiking to accomplish such a feat.

My hope for Stephen and I is that our children know we are not focused on their grades or test scores.  Instead that we are focused on developing their character so they can be successful in school and in life.

What it took for our children to climb that mountain will also serve them this year in school. And just like on that mountain, Stephen and I will be there beside them, not doing the work for them, but walking beside them, encouraging them every step of the way.

With love and hope,
Shawn