my 1st grader

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I had a conversation with one of the moms at the bus stop whose son was also in Emma’s class.  She asked me how Emma was doing in school.  I was a little hesitant to tell her that Emma was in reading level I, because I didn’t want it to seem like I was bragging.  

I eventually end up disclosing emma’s reading level but follow it up that what was important to me at Emma’s age wasn’t so much for her to be the best in reading in her class, but more that she takes the initiative to learn and be motivated to do her work.  And she is. And I’m so proud of her.

So we went out and bought her the toy she’s had her heart on:
Yup, her favorite princess, Aurora.

I really see her budding response to responsibility.  When she comes home, she rests for a while and eventually start her homework by herself.  She takes the initiative without me prodding her.  I’m really impressed by that act of responsibility.  I hope this becomes her nature and she follows through with what she starts.  I told that other mom that sometimes, with young kids, they just don’t feel motivated to go to school, listen, or do the work.  Instead of pushing our kids to push out long division, sometimes it’s more important to get them motivated to learn, to reach goals, and esp. to keep at things and follow through with responsibility.  

I’ve learned, having worked with many youth, or even in my ministries, whatever involves reaching a goal with people, the hardest part of the challenge is the motivation and getting them to fully commit despite the hard work, discouragement, failures, and availibility.  I’ve seen that the people I admire the most in these ministries, are not the most talented, but the most committed to finish the task, those who see more of the joy than the complaints.  

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