Scrap last week’s post. Start a new one. This is the advice I give myself as I sit comfortably in the warm coffee shop, feet up as I recline slightly in the comfy chair in the cozy corner that my daughter-my joy chose for us this Monday. After all, last week I went on a multi-paragraph unfinished rant about the dentist and childhood and consequences my children will never face. And this week, though I could readily work myself up into a righteous frenzy again, I will spare you all and move on to a new topic. It is no coincidence then, that my new thought for the new week is: positivity. Yes, I have recently been challenged to think and speak more positively. And I don’t like it.
Do everything without complaining and arguing. -Phil 2:14
Routine. We thrive on it here on Frank Corner. After being “out of school” for over two weeks in observance of Christmas Vacation, I realized something: Children do not need two weeks off of school. They just don’t. (I can almost hear my inner child scream at this betrayal.) This was true of my oldest son who attends a local private school, and of my three youngest children whom I endeavor to educate at home.
For two weeks, we simply weren’t sure what to put our hands and minds to. Seriously, how much Netflix can one family watch? Sleeping in has its occasional place in our lives, but it gets awkward to have to explain to Daddy daily why we’re all still in our pajamas when he gets home from work. And it was uncommonly cold here in Indiana, so playing outside was simply not an option.