It's August. Another month until school starts and I'm not rushing the end of summer, but all the sudden I can feel it creeping up on us.
I have been wondering if you ever think about how I am performing at my job of mommy. Do you think I am perfect? I am not. There is no one ideal for this job description. I do however, imagine that each and every mom can close her eyes and can describe her ideal in minute detail.
My paragon of perfection is not unlike a well-rounded liberal arts education with a strong core. I think about music, visual arts, sports, literature, pop culture, social interactions, healthy eating, well-rested, clean rooms, clean bodies, indoor play, outdoor play. One must be at least minimally proficient in all of these areas, if he or she hopes to lead a successful life. Believe it or not, that is why I try to 'under' schedule you. I believe that when left to your own devices that you will be most creative and engaged.
I wont apologize for pushing these ideals on you. I will however be empathetic. It must be tough to have a mom who wants you to be pretty good at so many things. Know that in setting these goals, I hope you will both become well-rounded and uncover your passion in life, whatever that might be. This is childhood as it should be!