Thursday, February 18, 2010

Moms never stop learning lessons

Wow, it's been a while since my last entry. Don't I always say that? Guess motherhood and writing keep me quite busy. Happy New Year!

I've been busy keeping up with regular deadlines and trying to keep up with all the digital media out there these days...tweeting about my travel articles, creating a fan page for my book and just the fun of keeping up with other moms on Facebook. The boys have been busy with a science fair project, cub scouts and the regular homework and I can't believe baseball season is right around the corner.

I was talking the other day with my husband about opportunities our kids have that we didn't and how kids today seem to take such opportunities for granted. I was not a real confident kid, but I did like to try new things. I always wanted to try band, takes classes and lessons of different kinds, etc. I did Girl Scouts one year and remember how much I loved it. When it was cookie season, I was all over the neighborhood determined to outsell everyone and I did.

I have to remember, though, that even thought I was the type of kid who wanted to try everything, not every kid is that way. As a parent, you have to gently push them into new endeavors, recognize where their talents lie and help guide them in a direction that will nourish them in many ways. Signing them up for a class they're not interested in or registering them for a sport they aren't into sometimes backfires. When they're little, it's good to get them to try something, but you also need to learn when to back off. Parenting is a journey where you never stop learning such lessons...

Bye for now.