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Trying New Things

Sunday, September 29, 2013

One thing I have tried hard to instill in my children is to try any new opportunity (within reason of course) that comes their way. I've found myself in so many demanding, interesting situations ever since we started our homeschool journey, but especially since I took on the role of co-leader of a homeschool group and most recently, co-leader of a homeschool co-op.

We are now in the midst of high school (both of my children) and so there are more demands and more things we have to cover and I have to keep track of. I am still recovering from surgery (yes, this surgery takes 6 months to a year to recover from) as well as some lingering after effects, so it's been a challenge for me physical-wise.

One new adventure has been helping lead a drama club. I have never been in a drama club (our public school didn't offer it when I was growing up), knew zero about how to operate one, etc. but I sure have been learning as I go by searching for hours online, etc.

I took my daughter to her first audition ever in a local community theater yesterday. She has zero drama experience other than the time we've spent in our homeschool drama club, but I was very impressed with her ability to cold read different parts in front of an audience while being evaluated. Even if she doesn't get a part, I think the experience was well worth the time we spent and it gave her even more experience in front of a group of people watching her.

She didn't show any fear or hesitation and I'm so proud of her for having the nerve/guts to attempt it, no matter what the outcome.

I'm having a harder time getting my son, who is extremely outgoing, to try new things. I think part of it is his learning disability, but another part of it is that he is scared of failure. I have that same issue all the time but try to be a good example to them and try and do what I can and learn from the experience and the mistakes I make along the way.

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