Today, July 2nd, is the 183rd day of 2013 and it’s midpoint, with 182 days passed and another 182 days to go. It’s been quite a year so far.
I began January, and the New Year, with a new word. I thought through a few options before settling on “balance.”
(I) like that balance is both a verb and a noun (that’s the writer in me again) and it seems to be what’s most lacking in my life right now . . . I see in it something I find missing in my own Sturm und Drang existence. Yes, drama is great for art, but it’s not so good for real life, and we all deal with enough uncertainty in life.
So “balance” it is. My word and my goal for 2013.
It’s been a real struggle, far more than last year’s word was, but it’s still my goal.
In February, I noted a major step in my daughter Anna’s progress in learning right from wrong.
Julia and I were in the bedroom chatting when Anna came in. She was crying.
“Mom, Dad, I fibbed. Please turn off my computer.”
“What was that?” I asked. Neither of us quite understood what she was saying.
“I got a reminder today and I said I didn’t.” More tears flowed. “I hid it at school so you wouldn’t see. I’m sorry I fibbed.”
We could tell that she knew she did wrong and she was genuinely upset about it. I turned off her computer and we discussed her punishment.
“Anna,” Julia said. “You know you did wrong in school, and that lying about it was wrong too.”
Anna sniffed and nodded.
“But you also did the right thing in telling the truth.”
We still had to punish her, but we lessened the punishment as a reward for her making the right decision.
In March, I put together a short list of “Empowering Books for Young Girls” inspired by a simliar “Mother-Daughter Book Club” list for older girls compiled by Lori Day.
As much as they both love to read, I can see Julia and Anna in a mother-daughter book club in a few years. In the meantime, I’m saving Lori’s list and putting together one of my own for younger girls.
This list is by no means exhaustive. It’s just a handful of books (or book series) that Anna really enjoys, and that feature girls around her age as either the primary or secondary protagonists.
Since I complied this list, she’s progressed to beginning chapter books, adding the Ivy and Bean and Junie B. Jones series to her favorites. We’ve also reread the Ramona books and she does a pretty good job reading the first paragraph of each chapter on her own. In another year, I think she’ll be able to read them on her own too.