Parent’s First Day of School

(This is dedicated to all adults with a child they are raising)

I’m staring at my daughter today. She is such a beauty, unique style; I can stare at her forever. I admire her spirit so much. I am truly blessed.

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Okay, why am I sharing this tender moment, because tomorrow is my daughters return to school, the first day of school. I have to smile thinking about how much she has grown. I know tomorrow we will get up, and what has been tradition, I will take her pictures and see her off. I can recall her first day of school, putting her little uniform on, knee high socks, and hair in pigtails. She stood up on my bed and in that moment, it hit my heart, my Soul Child is growing up.

Sorry, my mind keeps reminiscing, back to my post…

The first day of school each year is a time for parents to see that their children are moving closer to adulthood; some may celebrate, while others loath this time, this change. I’m in the middle of this!! This time of year is a good time to decide the school year goals, but also determine what values that need to be stressed, both new and old. It’s also a good time for parents to reflect on the best way to push more independence on their children. It can be difficult to do, wanting to make sure things are done right, they are protected from harm and all the things we as parents worry about for our children; present and future.

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I explained to my Soul Child (I refer to her as this since she is such a spirited and sensitive young lady) that she has to buckle down in school if she plans to make her future goals, reality. We discussed what we need to do different this school year, she as student and we as her support (ie. parents). Then we have to make sure we implement it.

Parents must determine what things need to change, be worked on, or focused on at school, at home, and in their community. Also, what is it that these kids want to see themselves achieving this school year? As parents, we all want our children to do better than us, to be successful, to make all their dreams come true. So this is a good plan of action to get the team aka family, focused!

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It’s easy to instill our own values but we must also allow them to determine the path they will take to achieve various goals. What do our children want for themselves, and what do they recognize that has to be done to make their goals reality?

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In the end we all, we parents, aunts, uncles, Godparents and so on want to see our children to be the best, amazing, happy people we know they can be!

So I ask you all what are the goals you will set with your families, and even yourselves?

~ Mercia Cummings

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