In many ways she is a mini-me. She loves music, reading, children, and being creative. It's wonderful to have a kindred spirit in the house, but we do have our moments of mother-daughter conflict, too. I thought I was pretty good with my children as babies and toddlers - but as they are growing I'm needing to read and learn and (most of all) PRAY about my parenting.
The mom from before would have wanted her child to have a strict schedule for each day, with assignments clearly outlined for the week. That mom also might have gotten a little out of joint if the math book wasn't "done" by the end of the year. That mom would have put her child's requests aside and said "maybe" and "later" a lot more, too.
The mom I'm trying to be is the one who embraces each moment, listens for God's plans for her children, and doesn't blow with the winds of popular culture. Notice I say I'm trying... it's not always easy.
These are the goals I have set for the coming sixth grade year:
7. She loves horses... up until now we have resisted riding lessons or much involvement because the expense seemed too great. If her love continues through the summer we will seek lessons and further involvement for her.
7. Open up more of the world to her - continue to travel and learn by LIVING.