Monday, October 15, 2012

in {her} shoes...Joyce

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today's guest blogger is one of my bestest friends in the whole, wide, rotating sphere that we call earth.  i mean.  seriously.  she's pure awesomeness.  if you haven't been to her blog, Childhood Beckons, here are a few of her posts that are my faves: 30 Jokes Your Kids Will Love, Chuckin' Pumpkin Painting, and Eat or Be Eaten Turkey Toss.

Hi! I'm Joyce, a stay at home mom and the writer behind Childhood Beckons. I mostly blog about simple childhood activities and learning through play. I believe that continuously working on connecting with your child is very important, and that is the basis for my blog name. Childhood is beckoning us as parents! I like to remind myself of this fact often.

R is five and we are beginning our first official year of homeschool. We are both incredibly excited and can't wait to see where the year takes us. Okay. I could probably wait. Time flies by far too quickly. Which leads me back to that "childhood is beckoning" thing.

What is the most challenging part of being the type of mom that you are?
The most challenging thing for me is finding balance. By far. I often say that I wish I could find this magical (and obviously secret) formula for motherhood. I'm constantly finding myself swinging too far in one direction and having to correct myself again. Which leads to over-correction and swinging too far the other way. When I want my house to look nicer, that's seemingly all I can focus on at the time. Obviously, I still love my son and we do things during this time, but I find myself saying "no" more when I should be finding the balance between doing the dishes and playing another board game. My thinking and goals shift when I realize, all over again, that childhood is fleeting. And I find myself spending all of my time playing. I haven't found that magical formula yet, but a general schedule for myself is helping.

What is the most rewarding?

It's really hard for me to narrow down the most rewarding thing. I find a lot of pride and joy in motherhood. I love watching my son grow and learn. I love knowing that I am fostering his love for knowledge. I adore being able to see the world through my son's eyes. I'm amazed at how much he teaches me. And now I'm teary thinking about it all.

What do you think are the most important values parents can instill in their child?

There are so many values that I hope to instill before R reaches adulthood. I think integrity is important to have. As well as compassion. I would also like for him to be generous, both with himself and others.

If your child could describe you in three words, what would they be?

I asked R to describe me in three words and he said that I was beautiful, loving, and kind. He's a sweetheart, and I hope he still thinks that way ten years from now!

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