Friday, August 16, 2013

{2013 Word}

It's that time of year again when late nights, a few lazy days and lots of traveling/playing has come to an end and school begins.

Though Summer break wasn't long enough, we were all ready for the stability a schedule provides and the fun and exciting things that take place at school.
Starting a new school year also means having our traditional Back-to-School breakfast dinner where we introduce our family word for the school year.  It's a tradition that I love.
 I spend a lot of time thinking about what my school age kids need to remember for the upcoming school year.  I think about areas they need encouragement in, along with areas they excel in and can help others.   It's a long process that usually starts when Summer break begins, allowing me to really think on and ponder what word I want to tell my kids every day as they leave our little safe haven every morning for school.

In my scriptures I keep a quote from Nelson Mandella.  I have read it often over the years and have always loved it.  When I saw it back in June, I knew that this was the quote I would use, the word for our year coming from it.
 "We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be? ... As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same".

I knew what word to use.  So many good ones in that quote, but one in particular stood that I have always loved.  BRILLIANT.
The girls made the banner this year.  The whole time they guessed what we would say about this awesome word.

To be brilliant is to be full of light.  To be a light to others.  Be a shining example of how to be when interacting with peers and teachers.  

To be brilliant is to be splendid and bright to all those around you.  To not be afraid to stand out and share your talents with others, and also your weaknesses so people can see they are not alone in their struggles.

To be brilliant is to be a light for those who need it, by first embracing yourself, recognizing your talents and abilities and not "play small".

To be brilliant is to shine in all things...trying your hardest in school work, and never doing less than your best.

I want my kids to know that they need to be proud of their talents.  Be proud of who they are and embrace everything about themselves.  We aren't helping anyone by hiding our brilliance.
 We are only 3 days into this new school year and already we've used the word "Brilliant" multiple times with the kids.  Hearing it so often and having it said every morning has also helped me remember to do the same in my daily living.

I always have high hopes that doing this tradition with my little family will help them when they are away from me.  I love being a mom.  I love that in my attempts to teach my children values and lessons I'm usually the one that learns the most.

Go on...get your shine on...and BE BRILLIANT.


Jo said...
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Glenna said...

Such a great post!Very inspiring! I am totally going to copy this (or something like it when I have kids). I love that you try and encourage your kids to be the best they can be! And not shrinking when you should be shining is definitely something I can work on myself!

Sol said...

I love that you have breakfast for dinner. and not just cereal. look at those yummy donuts! hmmmm

k~ said...

Love your tradition, love your word and can't wait to do this with my children this year. We already have our word picked out (opportunity); but, I plan to surprise them with a banner and a special first day of school breakfast. I rarely do donuts so they will be excited. THANK YOU and yes, we start school very late this year.