Here we are with another 5 on the Fifth post. In this post, which goes live on the 5th of each month, I share five posts that I have loved from the previous month.
These are posts that are so good that I want to make sure you have a chance to read them, too.
5 on the Fifth: June 2015
Kris has had a great series of homeschool posts such as 2 Things Homeschool Parents Need to Stop Saying and That’s Why We Homeschool. But, she gets to the point in her 5 Things post. The bottom line is that most of us – homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike – are just trying to do what we feel is best for our children.
Emma is about to turn twelve. Our biggest issues right now center around the bully on her dance team. But, as she inches her way to the teen years, I enjoy reading posts from seasoned moms who navigated that world ahead of me. I find them encouraging and inspiring all at the same time.
Before kids, I always dreamed of being the cool mom. My house would be the one where everyone would congregate and spend their free time. With my oldest, that was not the case. I’m not sure if it was me or the younger siblings hanging around, but he never wanted to hang at home. However, it is the exact opposite with my middle. We’re one week in to summer vacation, and he has had “the boys” spend the night at our house 3 times! They hang in the basement playing video games until the wee hours of the morning and then sleep until everyone has to be at work. Emma’s friends think I’m the cool mom, because I take them with us to Kings Island or the movie theater. I like connecting with my kids while watching them connect with their friends. Even if they set off the smoke detectors at 1AM trying to cook a frozen pizza to snack on.
When Isaac started public high school in the ninth grade, I set very high standards for his grades. I assured him that I wouldn’t hesitate to pull him back out if he was just there to socialize. Boy, did I have to do some readjusting. He is a very bright boy, and he is an extremely hard worker. But, he has to work hard for every grade he earns. I had to realize that sometimes a “C” was really the best he could do – especially in Spanish. He has accomplished more in the past three years of high school than I ever did with clubs and extra-curriculars and volunteering. My biggest accomplishment was that I was an A-B student, but I didn’t really work for those grades. It just came naturally. Isaac exhibits all 6 of these traits which will carry him much further in life than a 4.0 GPA.
I loved this post. I’ve shared before how tweens can make money and books for young entrepreneurs. This post is spot on! Emma dreams of opening her own business, and I can’t wait to help her make that dream come true. Each of these ten reasons are valuable life lessons.