You can only imagine with four children how many times I have!
Our latest challenge had to do with following through with our commitment. We try to teach our children that once you sign for something, you follow through with your commitment. Not every season will be a perfect one but quitting is pretty much unacceptable in our house.
Our two youngest are involved with a great program at school call Odyssey of the Mind. This would be Reis’s fourth year participating. He is my creative and artistic one. When I tell you this is his thing, I am not kidding. He looks forward to Odyssey every year!
Well for whatever reason, two of the boys dropped out at the last minute. The night before the competition I received a phone call from Reis to come and pick him up 3 hours before practice should have been over. He was devastated, he was discouraged, he was sad and let down.
Being the Football family that we are, our boys signed up for Spring Football. Spring Football to us is a more laid back and fun way for the boys to stay active and in shape. Reis was missing two football games that day to make Odyssey. We were fine with it because Odyssey was our first commitment. When we realized that Reis’s Odyssey team would most likely not participate… we broke the rules and made the decision for our child, he should go to his two football games.
In our hearts, Ron and I felt that we made the right choice for our child and the situation at hand. It was not the popular choice with his teacher and coach. It was not the easy choice but it was the choice we felt was best for him.
Sometimes we wish parenting was black and white. More often than not, it is not. All we can do is hope that we are doing what is best for our children.
What are your experiences? Sometimes as parents, we make the hard choice and question ourselves later. Has this ever happened to you?
PROSCIUTTO ENCRUSTED PORK LOIN
- 1/2 Pound Prosciutto sliced extra thin
- 3 Pound Pork Loin
- 1 Garlic Clove sliced thin
- 2 green onions sliced thin
- Olive Oil