31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 9: I’m Already Googling 3rd Grade Math

Let’s Just Be Honest: I just had to google my child’s 3rd grade math homework.  I’m sorry.  I don’t remember what the properties of addition are.  They are 4 fold.  Thanks to AAAMath.com, I’ve now learned something new.

This does make me wonder.  If she doesn’t know this stuff and I can’t remember, how is she going to remember when she has to take these crazy state tests at the end of the year?  What if she doesn’t remember this stuff?  Do I need to start making flash cards that we go over like every so often throughout the year until those tests come so she doesn’t forget?!?!?!? This is the cycle of crazy that just went round and round on the hamster wheel in my brain.  AGH!!!

Did you see what I did there?  I projected my not remembering a 3rd grade math fact (from 28 YEARS AGO) onto my daughter.  wow.  I need help.  Haha! I’m only kind of kidding.  I did this projection thing already once this morning.  I was thinking about how I didn’t know how to do my own laundry until I was in my mid-late teens and realized I’ve been projecting on my children the fear of the same.  That some how they’d grow up entitled and not knowing how to do anything.  I actually started projecting this onto them about 1-2 years ago.  That’s when I started teaching them how to do their own laundry.  My youngest was about 4 and my oldest was 6.  Now THAT’S crazy!  They are so young, yet know how to do their own laundry.  It’s fun and awesome, too, but maybe a bit much?

I’m realizing, even just recently, that it’s okay for me to pull back on smaller rules and routines that we’ve already established.  It’s been 2 years and sometimes things change.  Our family changes.  Right now I think we’re in the midst of needing to tweak a few things.  Pull back in a few areas and re-evaluate.  It’s hard for this rule-follower, black and white thinker to do.  I’m needing to remind myself often that I need to give grace.  To myself.  To my children To my husband.   After all, I’ve been given the most grace by God in the form of a Savior, His son, Jesus Christ.  If I’ve been given that, then I can surely give grace and He will meet my every need and heart desire in doing so.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Trackback: 31 days of Let’s Just Be Honest: Intro | Moms Encouraging Moms
  2. ginicraven
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 09:56:04

    Certainly harder to give it than receive it for sure.


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