I decided to revisit the Mission Statement series yesterday after visiting a preschool. I really loved the preschool, it was great and I felt our children would really flourish there but for some reason I wasn’t feeling a release. As an educator, I never envisioned myself sending our children to preschool because I always felt that level of education was something I could give them myself. However, I have recently found myself immersed in the mainstream thought pattern of believing preschool is essential to a great foundation. Since Izzy will be starting kindergarten next year, I have no other option but to send her to preschool.
Well, not long after our preschool visit I found myself immersed in an eye-opening conversation with a mother who shared my same feelings about preschool. She chose not to send her daughters to preschool or kindergarten because it is not required and she felt it was not necessary. They are now thriving despite that fact and she remains confident in her decision. So, here I am, making the decision to not send Izzy to preschool and I think Pete would be proud of me for taking a stand to do what I feel is best for our children.
Now, on to the Mission Statement…..
When Pete passed I felt he left a lot of unanswered questions. There is a certain aspect of loss that does that naturally but I can honestly say there were topics I feel Pete didn’t venture into because he just didn’t know how to broach the subject. One of these topics was parenting and our children’s future. I would have loved for him to have mapped out a plan for me addressing every possible decision I could face concerning our children but the reality is, he didn’t know what those would be. Mostly he knew he wouldn’t be here to partake in the process. So, I have to have faith that the unspoken meant he trusted me to raise our children the very best way I knew how.
That is why this Mission Statement topic is very important to me. I had to sit down and ask myself what qualities I would like to instill in our children and how I plan on going about that. I also had to clarify what type of education would best suit their needs.
When I put pen to paper, here is what I came up with:
– I plan to teach our children how to love others, be compassionate, and how to be good stewards of the world we have been given. I understand that in order to do this, I must first lead by example.
– Be an active parent. There are times when I feel I do not have enough energy to parent. The truth is, this isn’t going to cut it. I know that being an active parent will reap big rewards in the future.
– Instilling in our children a love for God by attending church regularly, praying with them on a regular basis, and talking with them about my faith.
– Lastly, I want to be prayerful in the decisions I make regarding their future. Whether it is their education or activities, I promise to bring them before God in order to make the best decision possible.
As the sole parent of our children, I have chosen to honor their father by being an example of Godly love and compassion for others so that our children might also possess these qualities. I promise to be an active parent in their lives both in discipline and in quality time spent. I also vow to instill in our children a love for God and promise to be prayerful about the decisions I make on their behalf.
As our children’s sole parent I feel it is important to create a vision for our future. I am hoping this Mission Statement project will give me something tangible to reference when and if confusion or doubt overcome me. I hope it does the same for you.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts below!