I woke up early Saturday morning — what I thought was early.
(I’ve been waiting so long for this! It actually was kind of magical!)
But I assumed the kids would sleep in after a late-night movie.
This was part of The Strategy.
It was a several-part Strategy that I put in place because my husband was out of town for the weekend, and if I’ve learned anything about handling things successfully when he is gone, it’s that you have to follow The Plan.
The Plan is different than The Strategy — it goes: “Take it easy on yourself.”
The Strategy is more involved, but requires: paper plates, Amy’s enchiladas, ice cream, a good movie or two and maybe a new game.
If I had adhered to The Plan strictly, I would have bought the game earlier.
Because I’ve recently learned something about myself — Sometimes, I am not good at learning things with my kids.
Sometimes I am. It depends on what we’re doing.
(Latin — we’re learning together, and it’s AWESOME!)
But games? New recipes?
I just need a moment on my own to work things like that out or else I can get a little cranky and frantic.
(I almost called this post “3 Flipping Minutes.” But that was the very part-time single-parenting talking.)
And so here is where I confess that I got up early Saturday morning, but it wasn’t early enough, and so I let my kids watch TV while I taught myself to play Bananagrams.
(It’s not that hard of a game. It only took one episode.)
But I knew it would set us up for a better outcome if I just took the time I needed to figure it out before introducing it to my kids.
The bigger lesson here is that I’m figuring out something about how to best teach my children.
If I try to teach them from a place of cranktic, it doesn’t really work. It certainly isn’t enjoyable for any of us.
And that’s not what I want my kids to remember when they look back on these years of us learning together.
As important as it is to take our children’s learning styles into account, I think it’s equally important that we consider the conditions we need to be the very best teacher we can be.
For me, that means taking some time on my own once in a while to figure things out.