Welcome to my ‘freshened’ up blog page. Thank you so much to my daughter Grace for the time spent looking and experimenting to get this result. I wanted something that was clean, uncluttered and easy on the eye! Let us know what you think!
This week I had the pleasure of meeting the new children in my classes that will become like family over the year. Some of them were beginning school for the first time. What bravery they showed as they were surrounded by so much unknown and in a situation that was so different.
Also this week my second eldest started high school. He did a brilliant job coping with all the changes – catching public transport, moving to different classrooms, managing the lock on his locker, negotiating the big world of meeting new kids, homework, new teachers…the list goes on.
In both these beginnings there are so many new skills to be learnt. For the ‘first timer kids’ they are learning to: line up, open lunch boxes, decide what food to eat when, visit the toilet at the right times, put a hand up…..the list goes on! All these skills are built upon as they grow older and many of them are automatic by the time High School arrives – just in time for other new things to be learnt!
I was reading the James Clear blog that was discussing the importance of the fundamentals. He cited an American Football team that went right back to text book basics and then won the competition.
“Throughout our lives, a focus on the fundamentals is what determines our results…..
It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one critical event or one “big break” while simultaneously forgetting about the hidden power that small choices, daily habits, and repeated actions can have on our lives.”
I was reflecting that as parents and educators it sometimes seems like we are always focusing on the little habits and repeated actions. “Have you cleaned your teeth?” “You need to share.” “How much water have you drunk today?” “Was there a please with that?”
All these fundamentals take time, but they build and add up to great people.
So if you are exhausted with the little things- the fundamentals, be encouraged.
“For most of us, the answer to becoming better leaders, better parents, better lovers, better friends, and better people is consistently practicing the fundamentals, not brilliantly understanding the details.”