being the best you

We don’t know about you guys, but it has been a whirl-wind of a September.  With school starting and getting our rhythm, we finally feel like we can catch our breath!

It is amazing to see our children adjust to new classes, new friends, new teachers and new schools.  It’s a lot for anyone to handle, but these kiddos are resilient and they do it (for the most part) with grace and elegance.  I don’t know how many times I have said this, but I still can’t believe that kindergarten is a full day of school. My son starts school at 8:45a and I don’t pick him up until 3:45p.  That is a long day for anyone, let alone a 5 year old!  When I was little, kindergarten was a half day and for some reason that makes sense to me. However, I have gained two days with no kids until 3p, so that leaves a lot of room for celebration and work!! Yay!! Here is a picture of our kids in back to school reversible co pieces:)

The theme of this post is something that we have been discussing the whole month-Being the Best You.  At my house, my husband is more laid back and I am more controlling and OCD.  I always say “I run a tight ship.”  It is hard for me to let go of the things that I have created and have them be done by someone else, if they aren’t going to completed to my standard.  The structure I have created teaches my kids what is acceptable and unacceptable in our family and is strict, but fun, and that  works for us. If you want to watch TV, you can, but you have to do the things on your list first.  I, unfortunately, have spent the last year lowering my expectations, just a bit.  I know you should never do that, but being a work-from home-mom and trying to start our own business, I had to step back and realize, people don’t want to work as hard as you do, necessarily. They want to be paid, but don’t want to do the work. 

So many times we are in line at the grocery store or at the post office and people are complaining about the service.  My kids hear the complaints, they are very perceptive.  Basically what we are saying is, we are disappointed in the results.  Well, the only way to create change is to be that change.  If you want people to take pride in anything that they commit to, than raise your kids that way, teach your kids.  Create human beings who are passionate, empathetic and friendly.  When they start their day, they should do something or say something nice to someone else.  We always say, compliments make people’s days.  Make someone’s day and  be your best you.  It starts with you.

It is mind blowing, but it has happened quite frequently in the last year.  With that being said, the point is, we want everyone to be the best them.  We surround ourselves with people that inspire us and motivate us to do great things.  I wake up in the morning and I want to be around people that “bring it” every day.  Do your best today, because people see that and it is contagious.  We do it for our kids, right?  What would I be teaching my children if I told them, 50% it today, you don’t have to try your hardest to do well, being mediocre is fine.  We want our children to come home and if they have failed at something, to say: “Mom, I tried my best and I gave it my all.”  When that happens, my response would be to give them a hug and congratulate them for doing the best they could, because that creates greatness.