Wednesday, October 26, 2011
(Checking out the scary clown haunted barn at Bloomsbury)
I saw a shirt the other day that Brody needs to wear that read, "My parents are exhausted."
Parent teacher conferences were this week and both boys are doing great. Brody loves preschool and is right on target, knows all his letters and most of his numbers, along with writing his name and drawing stick figures with boobies. He needs to work on colors (anyone know of a simple test to see if your kid is colorblind, I really think Brody might be!) and his birthday/address. We got to go on a field trip yesterday to Bloomsbury Farm with his preschool class....I was more exhausted than he was!
Baylor is doing well too, he is finally adjusting to being at school all day and is making some new friends. His drawings included dinosaurs, bloody battle scenes, hunting scenes and attack scenes. All boy, all the time. We're going to work on punctuation and sentence structure at home, along with simple math patterns. Unlike his mother, he said he loves math and is pretty good at it. I love hearing about what he learns at school, but think it is so very important to work with your kids at home. Learning is constant and it involves lots of time, patience and energy. You have to be willing to get a little dirty (and let them get dirty) in the process. This makes the teacher's job easier! It helps that we have great teachers and that we stay in communication with them about anything and everything. Too often, I hear of parents complaining about this and that, when really all they need to do is GO TALK TO THE TEACHER. Don't expect the teachers to do everything for you.
On a completely different note, our brass band will be competing at the US Open Brass Band Championships in St.Charles, Illinois the first weekend of November. We're very excited, but along with excitement comes hours of practice. I am very blessed to be part of a group of very talented musicians. Most of them are so dedicated by their love for music that they bring their horns to work with them to practice over their lunch hour. You may call it nerdy, we call it devotion. They come from all walks of life and all professions......from band directors to IT people to engineers to teachers to sales to garbage men to stay at home mamas. We don't get paid, we don't get instruments....the only perk we get is being part of one big dysfunctional family that comes together to make beautiful music. I wouldn't have it any other way. So if you're in the Chicago area and want to see us perform, you can go here: http://usopenbrass.org/ or visit our other website: easterniowabrassband.com.
Posted by Keri Speidel at 12:50 PM
Monday, October 17, 2011
Having six years of parenting under my belt, I consider myself to be quite the professional (I kid) One of the most important lessons that I have learned in those six years that have flown by at the speed of light is being intentional with your kids. Parenting with a purpose.
Treating each day as a new experience to learn and taking every moment to show them how much you love them. Oh, and there is this little thing called talking.....or communication! You can't get by in life by assuming they will learn life lessons somewhere else. We love our teachers dearly, but they are not raising your kids. YOU are raising your kids. That means you are going to have to be responsible. I know it can be a hard thing to do sometimes, but it's worth it. I want my kids to feel like they can talk to me about anything at any time, and being open, honest and intentional is part of that comfort.
Want your kids not to have sex until marriage? Here's a thought. You talk to them about it. Want them to learn who created the heavens and the earth and is responsible for the awesomeness that we live in? Yup, you're going to have to speak here too. Want them to stop punching Johnny in the face and being disrespectful to adults? Get out of the chair and discipline like you mean it.....with intention and consistency! You want them to date someone who loves the Lord and treats them with respect and yet you say it's "none of your business." Oh...it's your business alright. Parent like you mean it.
It breaks my heart when I get to work at the school and see kids treating each other and teachers with disrespect. It also breaks my heart that they are so needy for attention, just to get anyone to listen to them or to hug them. Every child deserves to be loved. Every child also deserves to be parented and taught and disciplined, but unfortunately it doesn't always work out that way.
I was lucky enough to be raised my some pretty awesome people who made it their job to be the best parents. They didn't always make the grade but I knew that they loved me even when they had to ground me for a month. I seriously think I was grounded for half of my childhood.....just for opening my big mouth. The told me the rules, told me what they expected and helped me realize that it wasn't about ME. They were intentional and purposeful in their parenting. I can't thank them enough.
I don't want anyone to misread what I'm saying or take it the wrong way (I am far from a parenting expert!) I just want to encourage you (whether you're a parent or not) to live your life with intent and purpose. It's not about YOU.
Posted by Keri Speidel at 12:24 PM
Thursday, October 13, 2011
We've still been super busy with activities and shuttling kiddos around. I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't get any better. Sorry for the lack of blogging, I'm sure you have all been on pins and needles for the next spectacular literary work from yours truly. Sorry to keep you waiting.
Posted by Keri Speidel at 1:19 PM