As parents, we want our kids to be consistent in their good habits. At least, I do.
That is why, last January, I issued my family a 50 book challenge. My husband and I are firm believers in the myriad benefits of literacy. We put our money on the line and offered each child $1/book read in 2011 and if they reach the 50 book goal, we will add an additional $25 to their total. The money is a jumpstart and a motivator, as is the satisfaction of reaching a stated goal. My goal, was to see them reading every day, to facilitate them making reading one of their consistent good habits.
For November, my two oldest children and I have taken on another literacy challenge – National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org). The stated goal is to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. My parental goal, is to make writing another consistent daily good habit.
Seems ironic that I am pushing consistency so fervently. The only thing consistent about me is my inconsistency! My husband lovingly calls me spontaneous – though I know my scattered approach to life often drives him crazy.
Take this blog, for example. Well, you know where I am going here:) Perhaps you are wondering, rather, where have I been? I have been busy being spontaneous – enjoying and supporting my children and myself over the summer, back-to-school, and holiday seasons. It was a long and arguably irresponsible hiatus. I hope you will forgive me and keep reading as we continue this beautiful journey of parenting together.
This is the consistent time of year and I will endeavour to be more consistent in my posting. After all, we have to practice what we preach for it to mean anything at all.