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Life Is Hard

Posted by Patience on September 22, 2009 at 7:12 AM in School
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It started with a sleepover. The brothers returned home after one of the best nights ever to a task they had been dreading. After weeks of avoiding it and one million legos on the floor later, the time had come for them to clean their room.

Maybe it was the exhaustion from so much fun the night before or the magnitude of the job, but Josiah was pacing and looked very overwhelmed. He wandered in the kitchen, buried his face in his hands and started to bawl.

"What's wrong?" I asked.

"Life is so hard, ya know?" he said through heaving breaths.

"And as I get bigger, it just keeps getting harder." He went on.

I sighed and agreed, it is so true. I asked what was feeling big today.

"School is harder and my room, just everything, I feel so overwhelmed." he said.

The second week of school is always the kicker. It is the time when everything sinks in, revealing what is before you, all you have to learn. In a way, I have felt like I am in my own personal development academy. I can very much relate to feeling overwhelmed by all life is putting before me to teach me.

We sat together for awhile, reminding each other that we only have to do a little at a time and take it moment by moment. I suggested a break so we climbed in bed, he read books, I surfed the internet. Tomorrow is another day and our work will be waiting for us, but today we are just in life together.

Supersister tip of the day: Looks like third grade is a kicker of a year.

Are you hitting the second week wall at your house? What do you do when your kids feel overwhelmed? Or even better, what do you do for yourself?


Valerie writes...

Third grade is a tough one, particularly here in Virginia where they are expected to take ridiculously overwhelming SOL tests. But I have no doubt that Josiah can do it!

Jess writes...

That is one amazingly emotionally literate kid. Many hugs to him for a tough week.

When things get rough here, my favorite phrase is "let's do it together."

Kelly writes...

My sweet Gavin, who is in third grade also, shared with me at bedtime (during the second week of school) that he wanted to let me know he might not make it to fourth grade. I just kept rubbing his feet and acknowledged his anxiety. But then started singing his favorite lullaby (though he'd never admit that to anyone now).

Joyce writes...

Sometimes it helps to let my son relax by playing some video games with him. Other times, we just talk things through with some ice cream.

thecheckoutgirl writes...

it doesn't end until they are grown. mine are teens and our second week included exhaustion and migraines. and that was just me! good times are comin'. trust. xo

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