In creating an environment to excel, we must stay interruptible. Our children must be secure in the fact that we are there, that we are interested, and that our head is in the ballgame. You know what I mean! How often have we automatically answered a child and then realized we didn’t have a clue what they just asked? Or how often have we shrugged them off because we had something we considered more important than their question? I would like to challenge you today to ask yourself several questions:
- Are you truly present for your children?
- Are you awake and alert and reading their signals?
We have to be honest with ourselves. We can physically be with our children all day and not know their heart if we aren’t there mentally. The way we set up our day also shows our children very clearly if we are interruptible. Our day needs to be composed of fluid routines – like water that can spill over to fill in gaps or interruptions. Do we allow ourselves to be interrupted by someone’s need? Do we let the day be messed up a bit by opportunities that present themselves? Rigid routines and an unbending schedule can kill inquisitiveness. This kind of compartmentalization in life can be deadly. To create an environment that allows our children to joyfully excel, we need to stay flexible and see school as a lifestyle, not something that we have to get done between 8-12 a.m.