Since my “This is hard; I need help” campaign went so well, I decided to add another. The other day, I printed up a handful of motivational posters from Canva for the kids’ study, including this one:
(Not my work; I printed up existing designs because free time is nonexistent these days. I’ll make my own later.)
The kids loved the new artwork, and have proudly showed them off to whoever will listen. I took the opportunity to point to this one every time Kai got a case of the can’ts. To which he rolled his eyes and told me that NO, he CAN’T.
A few days later, though, he stopped himself mid-rant. “I can do hard things?” he asked.
“Yes, you can,” I assured him.
And he did.
My morning job abruptly swapped out all of my assignments with brand-new ones. On the third week of distance learning. In the midst of a slew of doctor visits. Just when I was getting the hang of the ones I had. I’ve been assuring myself I can do hard things, and I can — but man, do they suck sometimes. I’ve been on edge, and crabby, and prone to blow up at the slightest provocation.
“Shh…it’s okay. You’ve got this,” Anya told me, after one such outburst.
“Belly breaths,” Kai added.
It’s always so shocking when I hear my words — the good ones, not the profanities — come out of their mouths. Proof positive that they listen, understand, and remember.
We can do hard things.