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I am pessimistict, my husband hates it and sometimes it takes away from the happiness I have all around me and so. . . this blog is dedicated to finding something good in each day and being optimistic.

Monday, October 11, 2010

She is her mothers daughter.....

 Recently I have been going over the idea of putting Elizabeth in preschool. She will be three in December and is smart beyond her years. She also is starting to get bored around the house and trying to test me to see what she can get away with (more than usual). My thinking was that she would get some education, but more importantly she would be happy having some time with me not always saying no to the new adventures she thinks she is old enough to take part in... ( painting her fingernails by herself, putting in her own dvds, cooking with real food in her play kitchen....). I was at a loss and was thinking as soon as she starts preschool she is now not in the home and with mommy full time. So I just sat on it for a few days and then tonight mr. husband and I read a talk by Elder L. Tom Perry titled "Mothers Teaching Children in the Home". And voila here was my answer. This talk spoke about how we as mothers are our childrens greatest teachers and how teaching and learning in the home is most powerful. I sometimes forget that I am the most powerful influence on my children at this age. I was reminded by reading this that I only have this small window of time to have my sweet babies all to myself and under my little momma bird wing before they are off in school, sports, with friends. This is my chance to instill in them simple but essential things, like how special they are and not to doubt it no matter what, wrong from right, how hard work pays off, to be kind and loving, how to choose the right, manners, and so many small but important things. I have come to conclusion that I need to take this time for all it is worth and cherish it and use it to the best of my mommy ability. And that I need to remember that my example teaches her more than anything. I have found that this is not her time to start school but my time to put forth the extra effort to teach her while I still have her in our home full time. I will say it is rewarding when I see her caring for a baby doll the exact way she saw me caring for Reed. Or knowing all her knowledge in knowing letters, numbers, shapes has come from her parents hard work or more importantly seeing her grasp Gospel truths and concepts.Here is to another yr at home:)
to read this talk I was talking about in its fullness click HERE

5 notes:

tHe ApPeLs said...

what fun pics! i love reading your posts you seem like a great mommy!!

Emily said...

this is so TRUE!!!! the best teaching is as home because you LOVE THEM. i know... ava has been doing the same. It would be good to maybe do some teaching switches. you teach mine and i teach yours... just to keep it interesting :D
your little elizabeth is a DOLL!!!

Shannon said...

I am glad you posted this...I had been wondering the same thing about preschool a little while ago and just said to other people, "Oh, just because." This is the reason why though and thanky ou for putting it into words for me! Cute, cute family!

CHRISTINE said...

What ADORABLE pictures! Love them. You always know exactly what I need to hear. How do you do that? Thanks for the reminders. Love you!

Trenton + Brooke said...

Karla, do you still live in the Mesa area? Check out this preschool/kindergarten:

http://www.littleonespreschool.org/

Top notch school, with a reading specialist/certified teacher as the owner/teacher. My nephew and some parents I know have had their 3+ year olds reading at a 2nd grade or higher level here! Of course, nothing can replace the spiritual, moral lessons in the home, but education is one of my top priorities as well.