Helping across the finish line: the last weeks of school.

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It’s the end of another wonderful school year. Our school is an amazing partner in raising our kiddos.

In the last 2 weeks, we have wrapped up semester-long history research that ended in a full History Fair complete with costumes, presentations, artifacts, and model architecture. WOAH! My Verity just LOVED getting to be Queen Elizabeth the First. She (and her classmates) worked so diligently for weeks and weeks putting together the research and presentations. I had the delight of making her costume! It was SUCH a fun project for me while I was in the tail end of my recovery.

But this week we are past that big work. She did the hard stuff and I encouraged her and prodded her along and helped her map out the best plan start to finish so she didn’t feel overwhelmed. And now…here we are at the LAST week of school (last day even) and we had one last assignment to get done. A map. I am NOT a map expert and we had a little bit of a giggle when I thought New Zealand was IN Australia……I am blaming my tired mom brain for that one!. Anywho…Verity was given her blank map and her list of everything to label on said map. It was Wednesday night….we forgot to bring home the history book so we had to grab one at the library after our family night out (strike 1). Then Verity got a hand cramp (she is a lefty and tiny labeling handwriting does her in at the end of the day). I could sense a little panic and worry and the possibility of tears from just plain being tired.

Enter mom (me)…..”We’ve got this girl! I am on your team and if you are limping, I am going to carry you across the finish line. That is What teammates do. I will do the handwriting, you just find the locations on the map (point each one out to me, then help me spell it correctly), I will do all the writing. And I write faster so you can get yourself to bed for a good night sleep”

“Mom is that cheating?!”

“Sweet girl, at this point in the year we are working as a team and I am simply helping you with the physical task. You are the one pointing out the locations and spelling the words out loud for me. I want you to see that sometimes in life we need our family and friends to come along and help us get across that finish line. I am ALWAYS on your team. You are such a smart girl and I know what hard work you are capable of.”

Let’s share that truth with our kids. We see them do the hard work and putting in the effort and sometimes they hit a roadblock or need a minute to put everything in perspective.

It is such an important responsibility we have as parents to make sure that our kids know how to be diligent, confident, problem solvers, independent, and the like. But let’s also show them the beauty in having a team on their side ready to hold their hand and help them finish strong. So much love and beauty in just this one example.

• Ecclesiastes 4:9 •
“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.”

“When individuals work together, they can double their strength and get much more done as a team. They also reap the value of having worked in unison, thus creating harmony instead of disorder. Working as one people begins with the efforts of each person, as they work with another person.”

I love being in unison with my kids. I love taking part in what they are learning and experiencing. It’s a wonderful way to bond and to keep lines of communication open.

We’ve got this, parents. We are all at the end of the school year. Hold hands and put on a smile, cross the finish line, high five, and then CELEBRATE that teamwork.

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