|Last year’s first day of school. Can’t believe it is already here again!|
To my favorite boys,
This summer has been more than I hoped it would be. I enjoyed every moment of being with you crazy 4 and will honestly be so sad when you 3 big ones walk out the door on Monday. I will miss your wild, your loud and your annoying, your hugs, your kindness and your love for each other and for me. I will look forward to 3:30 every day.
I remember being younger and the palpable excitement before the first day of school; in fact, I still feel it. I know you are all a little nervous, a lot excited, and perhaps a bit bummed that school is already here. Because I am your mom, I wanted to share a few things with you before the big day that I hope you will remember.
Work hard. Millions of children would love to be in your position; show your gratitude for what you have by working hard, all the time. We expect your PERSONAL best…we would be failing as parents if we allowed anything less.
Get it done. You have quite a few responsibilities because you are all getting older. Most of life is hard work with a little play mixed in. Learn to enjoy work. Don’t waste time whining or complaining about homework, piano, practice or cleaning, just get it done! If you can accomplish the important things first, I promise there will be plenty of time for your favorite activities later.
Fill the need. Be the kind of kid who sees a need and fills it. When walking by desks, push in the chairs. See a wrapper on the floor? Pick it up. Notice a friend who is sad? Make her happy. Is there a classroom job everyone hates? Volunteer for it. Someone who never gets chosen first? Choose him. All three of you are smart and capable, give back by making the world a better place.
Enjoy differences. It is easy to get close to people who are just like you, but when you do that, you miss out on some really amazing friendships and growth opportunities. Take advantage of situations when you are with people who are different than you are…learn from them, become friends with them, enjoy them.
Talk to us. We LOVE to hear about your day, not just what you did but how you felt about it. Share with us your favorite moments and the times that were hard. Never feel worried or embarrassed to tell us something that made you feel uncomfortable. If you are struggling with grades, teachers or friends, we want to know. We cannot fix everything, but we can support and love you through anything.
Pray. At times it can be easy, even in a whole school full of people, to feel alone or confused. God is always there to listen, comfort and guide you. Begin your day speaking to Him and asking for strength and clarity. Offer silent prayers during the day in difficult moments or times of need. End your day with gratitude to Him for the blessings you enjoy.
I cannot wait to see what this year brings for you 3 big boys of mine! I never thought it would be possible but I love you more each year and am constantly amazed by your energy, talents and good hearts. Thank you for just being you.
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What a beautiful letter! We have similar discussions for family night and throughout the weeks before school but our girls love a good letter from us as it’s something they can reread. Thank you for inspiring me to write it down.
Thank you! I am sure your girls would love a letter, and I would be interested in how a letter to girls is different than a letter to boys! If you publish one, please let me know!