So after you let them go! (back) to school remember to let them know! for knowledge is power, after all, is it not?! Yes, clearly I have watched Frozen way too many times! But this post today is not about Frozen but about education. So while some of us Moms do that happy dance when we ship our kids off to school we need to remember that we, as parents, are the first educators in our children’s lives so we must continue to provide them with the knowledge they need to be good, successful people and above all, in our home, good Catholics. We need to help our teachers with educating our children and vice versa.
My parents, thank the good Lord, took my two year old twins the other day to their house for a few nights to spend time with them and to give me a break from the lovely inevitable double-the-trouble two year old tantrums. This was wonderful for them because they have so much fun with my parents and it was wonderful for my older children so I could focus on each of them for their first week of school. But, being the crazy Mom that I am and wanting to seize the extra time that I had I decided that since the first day of school was a half day I would have my four older children (ages 4 – 8) go through their toys with me so that we could give some to the poor people as well as have a garage sale (for us poor people!). It has been awhile since I have done this. Being a Mom of 8 kids under 8 years old you can only imagine how much crap I accumulate. I was excessive before kids and no doubt I am still excessive. But I must say in the time that has lapsed since we did this together my children have changed so much! The last time we did this it was torture! I would rather have needles poked in my eyes then do it again! My husband would always say I was crazy for doing it with the kids. If I left him in charge they would have one toy and be done with it! I understood him but after yesterday I am very happy I did. To my shock, when I grabbed the garbage can and a bag and said, “Ok kids, let’s do this!” my children jumped right in wholeheartedly. “Here Mom, I don’t use this anymore. Mom, we have two of these, some child would like this don’t you think?” Um…who are you and what did you do with my children?! My one daughter, God bless her sweet little soul, even sealed her toys away with a kiss for the poor people as she put them in the bag! Now granted I got the occasional show me the money! attitude from my oldest as he thought about sitting curb side and negotiating with by passers. But how can you blame the kid for I too dreamed of getting $5 for my knock off Prada bag! The point is that these young little children had learned to joyfully, happily give back…to help out someone less fortunate and that was so rewarding for me to see as a Mom. For a split second I thought to myself, maybe we’re not doing a bad job after all…
All too often Moms are so hard on themselves. They may think, Am I doing this thing (parenting) right? Or she (the other Mom) does it better. Will my kids grow up hating me? But when it all boils down to it our kids love us and learn from us. And the funny thing is they want to learn! They are indeed little sponges! A simple two hours of gathering toys for the poor people was time bonding with them but also teaching them many things but mainly how to serve (others!). Knowledge is power so today, take time with your kids and let them know!