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Setting Goals for March 2015: Making Memories

setting goals for March 2015

February was a fun and busy month in our house, and I got through four out of five goals for February! The kids made stamped valentines (Johnny and Lily) and burlap heart valentines (Emma). Emma had a wonderful ninth birthday party, where our make a monster activity was a big hit! Anna and I did spend more time outside, including bike rides on our Taga bike. I didn’t wind up assigning kids to cook on a particular night, but all four kids helped cook at least one meal per week. It was easier to see who was available on a given night, since sometimes kids had unexpected homework  or wanted to play with a sibling or friend. The one goal I didn’t get to was Emma’s thank you cards; that is our project for this weekend.

This wasn’t in my goals for last month, but I am very happy to report that Johnny is doing better in school now. We were able to make some new changes to his IEP that have gone a long ways towards lowering his stress levels so that he is both willing and able to complete all of his school assignments. The changes are fairly simple: his is now allowed to use a dictionary to look up how to spell words when he is writing sentences, he can complete writing assignments in pencil instead of pen, and he completes his writing assignments in a small group instead of in the main classroom. These changes are making a world of difference for him. It is a huge relief to see him happy to go to school and happy and relaxed in the afternoons after school.

Setting Goals for March 2015

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Here are my goals for March:

  • Make at least one softie for the Sew Mama Sew Spectacular Softies Contest.
  • Spend lots of time with the kids outside.
  • Fix my photography site (putting it here because it has been on my “to-do” list for a ridiculously long time now and these monthly goal posts are the only way I force myself to do things).
  • Make lots of memories. My kids grow up way too fast.

What are your hoping to accomplish in March?

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

8 thoughts on “Setting Goals for March 2015: Making Memories”

  1. I’m still thinking over the whole softie thing, I both really want to, but I also have a rather long sewing list already…… So many things to think about.

    They really were requiring kids his age to write in pen? What a silly requirement for that age, and no wonder he was stressed, that’s a big deal.

    1. They wanted to see the mistakes the kids made, but in this case it meant he didn’t dare make mistakes – definitely counter productive. I’m really glad they agreed to make an exception for him.

  2. Elisa | blissfulE

    Yay for making memories! I’m hoping to add more variety to my homeschool, might not be this month but I want to try to plan it this month… the weather is cooling and I’m hoping to spend more time outside, too!

  3. How strange that Johnny is required to write a pen! In our district kids still write in pencil, even in the third grade! I am SO glad that he is doing better. My goal for the month is not to get too wrapped up in work-related stress that has been building quite a bit lately.

  4. I didn’t realize until you ask, but I think my goal for March was to “get through it” – surely I can do better than that…going to have to come up with something a little more upbeat and productive :)

  5. I love your of making memories. Our March is still cold so not much by way of outside enjoyment though the sports are heating up with lots of tournaments. So my goal in March is don’t stress … and wait patiently for spring.

  6. I’ve also been thinking about how fast my kids are growing up. It’s definitely caused me to slow down and be more available and present in the afternoons. I’m not regretting it!

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