5 Things I Loved About Last Week #celebratelu 5/24/14

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Ruth Ayres hosts a weekly celebration on her blog. I appreciate this invitation to reflect on the positives of my week.

1. It was a challenging parenting week. I think I say that every week lately. But transition times are very hard for traumatized kids, and the entire last month of school has basically been one prolonged transition from elementary to middle school for my older son. Plus, May is the anniversary of getting adopted, Mother’s Day, and his brother’s birthday, and all of these events cause major meltdowns. There were two HUGE parenting wins this week, though. On Wednesday, T got in trouble at school and asked the principal to call me to come get him. This might not sound like a win to some of you, but it really is: T recognized that he couldn’t stay regulated and keep it together at school, so he asked to come home where he could calm down. So there’s the double good of also recognizing HOME as a place to calm down and be centered and PARENTS as people to help you calm down. Woo! And on Thursday morning, he asked me to go to school and be there when he had to talk to the principal. He NEVER asks for help solving his problems, so another BIG WIN. And just in time for middle school…


2. These exhausting parenting weeks have meant way too much time in front of the tv in the evenings, for everyone. I was feeling a bit more energetic this week and asked T on Monday evening if he’d like to play a game. Boy, would he! He has requested family game time every evening this week. He’s been pretty delightful as he’s taught us various card games.

3. I checked my progress on The Hub Reading Challenge and discovered I can still complete it by the June 25 deadline. I’ve read 15 of 25 books so far, and I’ve got many options for the final 10.

hub4. I followed through on my intention to blog every day this week! Every week, I tell myself I’m going to do a thirty-day daily blog challenge, and every week, I don’t start it. I have decided that I clearly don’t want to do a thirty-day daily challenge, but I would like to be more consistent in posting content on Thursdays and Fridays.

screen5. I recently started a new writer’s notebook, which usually means that all the thinking in the old notebook gets left behind. But yesterday I skimmed through my old notebook and marked and labeled entries that I want to return to–notes for blog posts, drafts of blog posts, notes for improving my courses, notes on parenting techniques I want to try, notes on professional development books I’ve been reading. I feel so organized!

notebook - CopyBonus photo of Frances. Just because I’m generous that way.





9 responses to “5 Things I Loved About Last Week #celebratelu 5/24/14”

  1. Elisabeth I loved hearing the stories of your family and the “wins” – Also what a wonderful picture full of smiles. Family game time with “choosing to be there participants” is BIG! And precious. Hurray! I am impressed that through it all you blogged! Well done! Happy wishes for more family time and more “wins” for all of you 🙂

    • Thanks, Carrie. Sometimes I bemoan a lack of productivity, and then I remember what goes into parenting my kids and suddenly I feel superheroic! Family game time has been a lot of fun this week, and I’m surprised by how much my son seems to be enjoying it. He could play cards for hours. He’s got far more stamina for it than I do!

  2. Your photo of Frances pulled me right in! Then I was off to explore your middle grade titles, and then I checked out the Hub Challenge (too much YA for me). As a sixth grade teacher, I love middle grade titles. So fun to hear about how you challenged yourself to book talk more. And now I must retreat from this world to grade more papers.

    • Isn’t she darling? I have spoiled her something terrible. She actually answers to her nickname, which is “Perfect.” That just can’t be right! Thanks for spending some time on my blog! I love that middle grade bridges both of the lit courses I teach for pre-service teachers (Adolescent & Children’s). The Hub Challenge helps me read enough YA lit each year to feel like I’m on top of things for teaching the Adolescent Lit course. Because I’m most at home in the world of children’s and middle grade! Good luck getting those papers graded!

  3. Elisabeth – What a great celebration post. I loved hearing how T was identifying what he needed to be successful! Those are huge growth moments. And my goal is to try and get 5 posts each week and if I get 7 even better and if I can only do 3 – oh well…it helps if I jot down on my google calendar what I want to blog on for each day.

    Congratulations on a great week of celebrations!

  4. Wow! I can’t believe how much you accomplished this week – I’d celebrate if I could get that done in a month! I also had a tough parenting week. They come and go. I’m ready for it to go. I’m always proud of the accomplishments at school, but it’s the ones at home that mean the most. Hope it’s a calm weekend 🙂

  5. It seems you had a big week, but in addition to feeling challenged, it really did hold some good, good moments, Elisabeth. One step at a time, right? Your cat looks so much like a cat we had of long ago-very sweet pic, as is the other one of I assume Dad & the two sons. Hope the end of school means good times.

  6. I am so participating next week. This past weekend was a hard parenting week. Super hard. With all three kids. I admire your positivity and tenacity. Go Mom!

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