Do you ever have one of those days that just going to the bathroom seems like a chore? You’re so tired that you have to make yourself get up and get going? Boy, the older I get, the more of these days I have.
Life has a way of wearing you down. I bring a lot of it on myself though. Josie and Isaac both are in middle school. Both are in band. Josie plays basketball for the middle school team. Creed is in 3rd grade and has decided not to play youth football this year, which is fine with me. He loves his DS and his NOOK, which was the only thing he asked for, for his birthday, and asked for it months in advance… He loves art and loves to read. Essie is in 1st grade and does dance. She has 3 classes a week to prepare for competitions and also is cheering for 1st grade football.
All 4 kids are in the Mighty Warriors Dance/Drama team for church. (We don’t miss church for any activities. God comes first!)
Needless to say, the lives of my children keep me busy! I wouldn’t trade it for anything though. They do what they love and show God’s light while doing it.
When they are at school, on some days, I work running our church’s mission building. There is sooo much stuff to get done there, that sometimes it feels never ending, but it is so worth it.
I also enjoy watching all of my nieces when I’m needed. I like to be there for them and want them to know that I’m here for them.
Now that I have SOME of my life laid down, so that you can understand what I do, you can see why I stay tired. David has to work full time but he does help when he can. His mother passed away before he was 3 years old and his father passed away almost 9 years ago. My mother is disabled, so we don’t have the help that most people do.
More power to the single parents out there or military parents, who have to do things on their own. I’m so glad that I can share my day with my spouse on a daily basis. God blessed me with David and I could never ask for anyone better. He provides for us, loves us, and takes care of us all. He is a living example of what a husband and father are supposed to be for their families.
So, if you have parents, in-laws, etc., that are able and willing to help you in any area, don’t take it for granted. Remember that there are those out there who would love to take advantage of help easing a burden or making their load a little lighter.
Everyday, when David get home, he greets me with a kiss. Even if there may have been some tension over a disagreement and such. Which makes me so glad that I got up and brushed my teeth…
Most parents teach their children about brushing their teeth, taking a bath, (whether it be the night before or morning of), brushing their hair, etc… I have found that a child has a better day if they feel good about themselves. If your child is old enough for deodorant, please make sure that they have one for themselves. They are only a $1 at the dollar store. It’s very embarrassing to a child to know that they have body odor, especially if they know that not only themselves can smell it, but everyone around them.
I know that most children do not like to have their hair fixed much. Just a simple “combing” for a boy or a plain ponytail or headband for a girl is sufficient enough. If a child has an “un-kept” appearance, they are prone to have low self-confidence. You can afford for your child to appear to be well kept. It improves their over all appearance.
Remind your child to keep their combs, hair barrettes, etc. away from other children. The beginning of the school year is one of the times that lice happens to spread. Ponytails or buns are best for little girls, also spraying hairspray in your child’s hair. (Lice do not like dirty hair.)
No sharing lipsticks, chap sticks, or make up in general. They carry germs on them and if your warn your child not to share these things, there will be less of a chance to get sick.
Our middle school students have gym class everyday, to promote good health and physical activity. I have a son who is almost 12 and just happens to be going to middle school this year. He will have to take gym clothes every day to change into. I have prepared his gym bag with:
Most middle school girls may have started their period by now. If so, there is no worse feeling, (in middle school years), as having your period while in school. For a little self-assurance, have your daughter take a purse size pack of wipes, so that she can “clean up” during her bathroom breaks. If her flow is heavy, she can discreetly carry a plastic bag with an extra pair of panties in them, placed inside another bag, such as one for make up, in her purse, if a change is necessary. That way, she won’t be embarrassed and only she will know about it.
Hopefully, you can get some use out of these tips and get your child’s school year off to a great start!