Archive for January, 2009

Why don’t you just quit mommy?

Monday, January 26th, 2009 by by

The other day after hearing me complain about struggling to keep up with my school work and everything else and how tired I was, my daughter asked me why don’t I just quit?  I was sitting there asking myself the same thing as I tried to answer her.

When she first approached the subject with me, my initial response was to explain the difference in how much money someone working at a fast food restaurant makes with how much money someone with a college degree makes.  This was a simple answer that both my older kids seemed to get.  When I asked them if they would rather make $7 an hour or $20 an hour, what do you think they said?  So, sure this answered the question for them in a way, but it didn’t really send the message that I wanted.  I didn’t want them to see going to college as just something people do to make more money, even though that is probably the truth for some people.

Getting a college education was never something that was stressed to me growing up so it was important to me that I got this right.  I want my kids to understand the value of having an education and the bigger reasons why mommy wants to have a college education.

While I have always appreciate the success stories my dad told me (more…)

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If at first you don’t succeed… try drinking more coffee

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 by by

Seriously coffee has become my solution for everything.  Some of you may know that I have recently started an online college program.  I have actually gone to college a few different times but never finished so this time I am determined to get through this.  Since I have four kids, homeschool, and run a busy website, you may be wondering how I do it all.  Well the answer to this is….. I don’t!  Although I am really trying to get better at multi-tasking, usually what happens is I juggle.  I think this is how all good mommies get things done!  One day I might get a ton done on JM but fall terribly behind with school work and the next I might get caught up with school but fall behind on JM duties.  I just finally have learned to accept that I can’t do it all, all the time.  It also helps that my husband fills in the gaps.  He does a lot of the mommy duties like cleaning the house and helping with the kids’ homeschool work.   Aren’t I lucky?

The reason I titled my post if at first you don’t succeed is because I have tried many things and failed the first time, the second time, the third time, and then finally got it right by the fourth or fifth time.  So many times I see moms give up on something they want to do because they failed at it the first time or felt like they failed at it.  Instead of persisting and saying I can do it, they say “whelp I tried that and it didn’t work for me.”  Just because something didn’t go well the first time (or the second or the third or even the fourth time) doesn’t mean you aren’t good at it or that your plan won’t work.  Every successful person got to be this way by persisting and trying again.  Most people are just not naturally good at things, and even the ones that are (more…)