My daughter questioned me, “What blog?” Occasional Procrastinator
My son said, “You should write about ownership or teaching mom.”
Finally my husband chimed in, “Why don’t you write about writing a blog?”
“How could I write about that, writing a blog? That is not going to help anyone,” I answered him a bit sarcastically. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was a great idea.
So here it is…my blog about writing blogs, or a better description: a day in the life of a procrastinating child. Now I am a truthful person and I should tell you that when I asked my family about my blog idea it was the day it was due and we were on a spring break vacation. (I should say this blog is due today and I am sitting in the condo while my family is out in the sun throwing a baseball around).
Does my procrastination and lack of forethought remind you of anyone in your home? I am living out what I teach to NOT do…. wait until the last minute and not prepare for what is ahead, but I am glad to have this experience. I can sympathize with the students out there that wait until the last minute. It’s not a good feeling! But it is good for me (and you) to realize that sometimes “life” happens and we (and our children) cannot get things done ahead of time, due to our own choices or extenuating circumstances. And this is certainly true for my blog.
Our family decided to take an epic road trip for spring break – 10 states, 4 national parks, countless hikes and adventures all in ten days. With the planning and packing I did not plan ahead to finish my blog. I had hoped to work on it in the car but was too wrapped up in the scenery and having fun with my family. I never opened my laptop.
But as I sit here writing my blog I am happy my husband and children are not yelling at me “How did you not do this ahead of time?” or “Why couldn’t you plan better?” Instead they understand that this is not a “regular” occurrence with me. They are giving me the grace I need today to finish my work and hopefully help others.
At times we need to do this for our children, give them grace and assistance when they are doing something last minute. As parents, we know if this occurs all the time with our children, there are other issues at hand that need to be addressed. But just like us, our children may procrastinate with a project or paper (or blog post) just because of life. We need to help and guide them during these times, offering support, grace, and love – remembering that we too, once were in their shoes doing a project last minute and hoping someone would love us through it.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths,
but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion,
that it may give grace to those who hear.
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.
Author of Own Your Education: A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (And Life)
Megan’s book, Own Your Education:
A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in (And Life)