One year from now, the preschool years will be over.
A favorite quote about racing comes from Scott Molina…
You don’t have to feel good to do good.
Another from John Hellemans…
When I want to quit, I know I’m going at appropriate race pace.
Both these gentleman have won a lot of races. They know their subject matter well!
Part of what they were seeking to teach me was performing at a high level feels a certain way, and it isn’t pleasurable.
So if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, with your ears ringing and a headache starting… it might be how parenting feels (and the capacity to endure and not retaliate is what parenting well entails.)
That’s how I manage my expectations…
…to reduce the sensation of panic at the first whiff of misery!
As the preschool years end, I’m going to find myself with…
Young people who are genetically programmed to want to spend time with me. Kids like us by default — our main role is not to screw up the relationship.
Young people with skills to share an active outdoor lifestyle with me. The skills were taught by outside experts. My role is to keep-it-fun.
I wanted you to know what worked…
- Be willing to ask for help.
- Up-skill myself.
- Up-skill everyone towards shared activities.
It gets better.