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Setting an Example

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The other day my daughter broke down crying because she felt like she couldn't do her homework. We've all been there. But this is the first time I witnessed my daughter, who is 5 years old & in Kindergarten, have that feeling of hopelessness. I wanted to cry with her. My heart was breaking. I gave her a long, tight hug and told her that she could do anything she set her mind to, that homework is 'practice' and that is the point of having homework, so you can practice it until you get it right. But.... This did not seem to help.

This was one of those moments that as a mother you know you need to step up to the plate and hit a home run. I couldn't do her work for her, I had to find some way to encourage her. So I thought for a moment and as I pulled my sagging pants up, I thought of the perfect example!

I said, "Hey, remember when Mommy started walking a few months ago?"
Her, "ya"
"well, when I started walking, I didn't think I would ever be a runner; until I got so good at walking, that I started running, and isn't Mommy much better at running Now, than when I first started?"
"And," I said, "remember a few months ago when you started swimming lessons? You didn't know how to swim then, but look at you now. You can swim! You didn't give up, you kept practicing! And that's what you need to do right now. It may not be perfect, but at least you are still trying your best, and that's all your teacher wants!"

She smiled big and started back at it! No more tears & she finished it about 10 minutes later. She overcame, what seemed like a big deal!

I feel like I got a Mommy Star that day.. & keep this experience as motivation to do more, become better. Afterall, I'm setting the Example.
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