"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.” Eleanor Roosevelt
If there was one thing I would have done differently when my children were younger it would have been to empower more and enable less. Eleanor was absolutely correct, the more we allow our kids to test their boundaries and possibly fail or fall, the better off they will be. I was completely guilty of this when my own three were growing up. I did way too much. I organized their backpacks, picked up their clothes from the floor, made sure they had a hot breakfast each day and left notes reminding them of their commitments and responsibilities. It was all done with the most loving intention, however, I noticed that when things got tough or hard choices had to be made, they tended to struggle and turn to me for rescue or with complaint.
I share these thoughts, from here at my ECC desk, as I look out my window and ponder the year ahead for our school. As my mind tries to focus, I ask myself how I can be a better leader for our school? How can I take action to help our students and our parents have the best year yet? How can I lead without making things too easy or too comfortable for my staff? With the massive mountain of change facing us, new report cards, new state tests and common core curriculum, how can we face the fear factor and grow more confident in our abilities and capacities? So many questions and so much to learn.
Welcome back to the 2015 school year. I have missed this desk, although my two weeks were spent wonderfully and quietly at home. I hope your time with the little ones was not too stressful. I hope you are happy that they are returning to our outstanding school, where we can do our best to keep them safe, engaged and happy, without making things too easy for them along the way!