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.
4. 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.
5. 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!