Suddenly, it feels like fall. The weather has noticeably changed, and now, it’s definitely fall. School has been in session for a month already! Time is ever going onward. Looking back, we can see the seasons are changing. We can see summer has come to an end. We can feel the cool air and the humidity (finally) receding.
It’s a busy time of year with school back in session. Mornings start earlier than ever and there never seems to be enough time in the evening for dinner, errands, projects, finishing up the day’s work, and homework, besides some time to relax.
Starting 8th grade is a breeze so far. Especially for this mom. Brett gets up to his alarm every morning without nagging, or any word from me at all. Takes his shower, gets ready for school, grabs his lunch, and out to the bus by 6:40 a.m. He comes home, eats a little too much for snack, and spends too much time relaxing. Then after dinner, it’s cramming in his homework and getting to bed somewhere between 9-10 p.m. The days are full!
Mostly I worry about him getting to bed on time so he gets enough sleep. I know how quickly morning comes and how hard it can be to self-start.
Brett sends himself out the door these days, but I’m thankful that this fall, he can confidently take on a new school year. He seems to need little from me before he leaves, but I do make his lunch most mornings. This morning, before he ran out the door, we suggested he might want to take a sweatshirt. The weather is drastically different this week than last!
It’s not just the seasons that are changing – it’s that he’s growing up. We might see him less now that he’s back in school and he might need me a little less in some ways, but I can be confident and happy because he is.
He likes school. He likes his teachers, reading and math. He’s good at it too. I have no doubt that will continue.
I’m a thankful mom. He’s independent, mature and quite disciplined for his age. No behavior issues at school. Good grades. Nice friends. Positive and smiling. Good judgement. Responsible and trustworthy. Respectful, funny and sweet. Everything I could ask for.
I am amazed to see him growing up into this self-confident person, already at just 14 years old, I never could have imagined. He’s an awesome kid in ways I don’t feel like I can take any credit for. He has a confidence I didn’t find until I was much older and in some ways, will never have. I’m glad he’s growing up into a likeable and smart person that people enjoy being around.
How to raise a confident kid? I couldn’t say I know all the answers because mostly, I think it just happened. Stability at home. Values. Communication. Encourage. Support and guide. Push a little. Allow him to be challenged. Be an example. Have high expectations. Give good answers. Ask better questions. Just love.
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