"The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common. If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

28 Sept 2010

1. Have we done something to strengthen their minds / intellect?
On our construction walk we formed hypotheses about why the sidewalks cracked, looked for clues to support our hypothesis, and made conclusions. Played Bandu after nap, working on logical thinking and spatial planning as well as getting some fine motor practice.

2. Have we done something to strength their sprit / faith / their foundation in God?
Ugh, I thought we had a good discussion, but I can't remember what it was about now! Might have to say no on this one today.

3. Have we done something to strengthen their bodies?
We took a walk to see all the construction going on; not very hardcore, but lots of stooping to look at things and a bit of running.

4. Have we done something to strengthen their emotional self?
Noticed progress in using words to describe feelings and commented on and reinforced this as well as talking about boundaries again and respectfully stating your boundaries.

5. Have we done something to strengthen our family bond(s)?
Went to optometrist for adjustment with Dad instead of Mom as originally planned since Mom wasn't feeling well, shopped, and picked up dinner on the way home. Saw team work when someone isn't at their best.

Monday, September 27, 2010

How It All Began

It all started with a heart touching post from a friend in which she referenced five questions that she asks herself. You will learn that definable goals in parenting are a really big deal to me. I have said again and again that I can't figure out how to get somewhere, measure my progress, or see where I have gotten off the path until I know where I am going. And so, with permission from an inspiring mama, I have borrowed her list of five questions and started this page as a way to keep myself accountable (to me) and give people who love us a glimpse into our day. In order to keep you interested, I will also be using this page to keep track of somewhat related links that happen to fascinate me or that say something better than I could have said it. Check "The Files" posts for these. Please see the following disclaimer.

Disclaimer/The (Pretty Big So You Don't Miss It) Small Print: I will not accomplish each of these goals every day. And I'm going to own up to that too. Real life happens, and around here we are really real! What I want to be able to do is see if I am missing a certain category every day - that will remind me where we need a bit of fine tuning. What's more, I promise to not be consistent in posting every day. I would love to be, but, quite plainly I won't. If you see me "forgetting" more often than I am remembering please feel free to gently prod me with a very sharp stick.