Two things I’ve realized have hurt more than helped:
Being stubborn and rigid…and
Fighting structured routines.
How have they hurt?
Being stubborn and rigid have caused me to play the blame game versus being flexible and while placing blame is something that can still happen, I realize I am not responsible for others’ actions. I am only responsible for how I respond.
I am learning to embrace flexibility, it is a must as a mother, as a teacher, and just as a human being. I’m learning I’ll have to be quick on my toes this year as a teacher, but also as a professional. Things constantly shift and I can waste time being mad, or I can quickly adapt and be flexible and come up with new solutions. This will involve regular times of creativity, so I want to learn how to be more creative.
Structure is a MUST, for kids…it helps us adults as well. I am learning that kids thrive on routines and structure. I hated the rigidness of routines but I’m learning once routines are learned you can be a little lax and still have order. I’m learning to embrace them! and it will be a must since I have so much going on as a teacher who is getting certified in a new state, a mom, etc…structure, routines will be a must!
I’m learning to embrace the very things that I’ve shunned for so long. What got me here won’t keep me here. In order to go higher and be successful…I most definitely need to be structured and flexible. Seems like an oxymoron but it’s necessary and makes a ton of sense.
Just getting these thoughts out as I start a new school year in a few days! Excited isn’t the word!