Mistakes Are Proof You Are Trying

Mistakes Are Proof You Are TryingJulia started Kindergarten this past year. It was a great milestone, although bittersweet. I look at her and am amazed that she is already five.

Kindergarten is both exciting and exhausting for her. The amount she is learning astounds me. Every day she comes home with something new to tell me.

And I know she tries hard. Her questions tell me. I also can see it because, even in Kindergarten, she has homework.

We’ve settled into somewhat of a routine, working on her homework together, free from distraction (Lauren). I see her gripping her pencil, licking her lips, ready to go. Eager at first, she begins to fill out her letters or numbers, whatever they have her working on. Soon, though, frustration appears as her letters go into “the basement” (below the line), or her numbers are backwards, and I ask her to do them again. She sighs, and tries again.

We are good for another few letters and numbers, but soon, again, her formations are wrong and backwards. This time I don’t say anything. She knows they are wrong, and she uses her eraser and rubs them out. I’m proud of her, as she tries to “perfect” her handwriting.

But I am also worried.

Soon she erasers almost every letter as soon as she has made it. “It’s not perfect.” And maybe they aren’t, but for a five-year-old, they are.

“No, I need to do better.”

I know she wants to do better for me, for her teachers.

We have a lot of work to go through, and at this pace if she keeps this up we’ll never finish.

I try to tell her she’s doing okay, but she needs it too be right. Have we corrected her too much?

And I’m at a loss.

The next day, I stumble across this sign on Pinterest and I just know it is perfect.

Mistakes Are Proof You Are TryingAt our next homework time, I give her a printout I created with the saying. Embracing her I explain, she is still learning and part of that process is making mistakes, and as long as she is trying, she is doing her best.

And mistakes, your mistakes, they are proof you are trying.

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  1. 1

    aw sweet girl. I can appreciate all that effort. she’s going to go places :)
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    It’s such a hard balance to find. We want our kids to want to do their best and try hard but at the same time, we don’t want them to agonize over every little thing.
    Shell recently posted..About That “No More Yelling” Resolution: Pour Your Heart OutMy Profile

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    It is so hard for me to find the balance. My son has homework in pre-school at four years old and I have to remember how young he truly is.
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    She sounds so determined. Hopefully with time she can relax a bit.

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    My son was like that in kindergarten, except instead of erasing mistakes, he’d freak out that he couldn’t do it and have a complete meltdown. It took a lot of encouragement to get him to realize that all he could do was his best and not worry if he could ‘t do it.
    Mercy recently posted..Christmas Can Be Magical – With or Without SantaMy Profile

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    Beautifully said and such a good thing to remember for those who are perfectionists in life. My oldest would often rather not do something, than do something and make a mistake so we have had to work with him on this idea a lot
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    Hi Carolyn, I loved reading about your precious daughter! Don’t you think each kid’s uniqueness is simply amazing? I remember my youngest son doing everything very slowly. There was no sense in trying to hurry him along, because he just went at his own pace and still does! We all laugh about it now, because we could be ready to leave and he’d just be getting started! I’ve learned to focus on the positives and when I do the “differences” don’t seem so glaring. Hey, I am apart of your Sits Blog Building Group that started today. Nice to connect with you here. You can find me over at http://www.moxieme.com

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    Thanks Kimber.
    Heading over soon to check out your space ;)
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    I’ve only read one post and I’m already “Hooked”! I’m Cherith and I’m in your SITS tribe! I have really enjoyed browsing your blog and meeting you and your family! I’m looking forward to future posts! I’m heading over to bloglovin to follow you there so that I don’t miss a single post!
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    Oh I remember when my oldest was in Kindergarten, he would do the exact same thing. I think both of you will figure it out, just like we did. I’m in your SITS tribe and I look forward to connecting with you!

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    Another SITS tribe member here :) One of my children is similar to Julia – he’s very hard on himself. It’s something we’ve worked on for years and I do see improvement. His sister is much different, so I have to remember to work with each of them differently.
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    I have a Kindergartener too and we struggle with the same things. One thing you said that stood out to me is that for a five year old it’s perfect. I think things will be just fine and they’ll perfect their penmanship as they grow. I’m Jen, one of your #SITSBlogging Tribe Sisters! I look forward to getting to know you and supporting you in any way I can. ;-)
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    I love that statement! I have a son with Autism and homework can be very challenging. Sometimes I just have to take a step back and realize that he’s trying his best. Short breaks help too! I’m one of your #SITSBlogging Tribe Sisters. It’s nice to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you! :-)
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    Hi – just dropped by on my SITS tour – really enjoyed your blog. Nice to meet you :)

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