Monday, February 22, 2010

Philosophical Ponderings

I remember feeling unspecial for the first time in my life.  It was back in one of those big GE classes my freshman year of college.  I remember getting back my first test grade, an 83%, and crying for the rest of the afternoon.  There I was far away from home in a place where I felt that everyone was way cooler, way richer, way cuter, way smarter, and way more disciplined than I was. Just like that, I went from feeling like I was the creme de la creme to feeling like I was a shred of moldy cheese on a slice of Little Caesar's pizza. 

That freshman year of college was also the first time I realized how musically disinclined I was.  Up until then, I had had a great love for music and for singing.  I joined choirs, sang along to the radio, and even aspired to be brave enough to sing a solo one day.  It was 2 days into dorm living, that I realized that my family was either saintly or just as tone deaf as I am.  {FYI--I decided it was the tone deaf part, not the saintliness.}  My kindly roommate would try to harmonize with me and would have to keep stopping because I wasn't singing it right, while my impatient roommate just took to telling me several times a day that I should "keep my day job".  While I've never totally given up my dream of singing a solo one day, I've now amended it to singing it at a school for the deaf.

Of course, after a period of adjustment I regained my confidence, put aside my American Idol-esque dreams, learned how to study the college way, and grew to love the wonderful people that surrounded me, but I've never forgotten that sinking feeling of realizing that I was the proverbial little fish in a much bigger pond than I was used to.

Now, as a mother, I reminisce on these life-changing experiences, and wonder how I can relate them to parenting my children.  I wonder if it is better for kids to be academically challenged more rigorously, but be bogged down with homework, in a competitive classroom filled with other go-getters?  Or is it better for kids to bloom where they're planted, being a top student (and leader) in a less challenging, but more diverse environment? 

On the one side I see the value in the challenging academics pushing them to greater heights (like being a year ahead in mathematics), but is it worth it if we're prematurely making them the little fish in the bigger pond? 


And what about the educational value of being a leader?  Could that not be more valuable than the challenging curriculum? 
 

I don't really know that there is a right answer to these questions and what's right for one child may not necessarily be the right thing for another, but I am curious as to what your opinions are.  Do you remember ever feeling like you'd suddenly become a peon?  How old were you and how did you deal with it?  What do you think is more important for children--the best academics possible?  Or possibly less challenging academics balanced with more opportunities to lead?


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Prayer FHE Lesson

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This is one of the first FHE lessons I ever created and it still holds a special place in my heart. I love the story, "Going to the Father for Help" and the principle that it teaches that they can pray anytime, anywhere.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Testimony FHE Lesson

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This lesson on testimony is one that is compiled from several different sources.  I'm excited about the way it came together and hope that you enjoy it.  Happy President's Day!

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Monday, February 8, 2010

"Love At Home" FHE Lesson

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I thought this lesson would be quite fitting with the upcoming lovey dovey holiday later this week.  I think sometimes we forget that the most important place to show love is right in our own homes.  I know that with 5 kids, including a teenage boy and almost teen girl, we need all the help we can get in this area.  In fact, typing up this lesson and hearing my kids scream in the background, made me realize it's high time for us to have this lesson again.  I think I'll have Cami teach it.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Friendship FHE Lesson

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 I picked this lesson topic in honor of Valentine's Day which is coming soon.

This lesson is for teaching your children the importance of choosing good friends and being a good friend.  I know I say this every week, but this is also one of our favorite lessons and I feel it is a very valuable concept for kids to learn.   Hope your Monday was much more relaxing than mine!  :)

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