America is hurting. It's evident everywhere you look. I, myself, got lost in the sea of negativity and doubt in the future. I don't know when this feeling is going to pass, but as I look for answers to my questions about the future of my family, I see hateful messages everywhere I turn. Whether it's Hillary supporters infuriated with the election results or Trump supporters shamelessly rubbing salt on the wounds of those grieving, much of what is being said and shared is rooted in hate. Friends are turning against friends. I know people are hurting and confused. That they're impassioned about their future and their rights. Not knowing what the future may hold is a scary challenge to face. But is anger really going to help us make the world whole again? Is hating each other really going to bring a solution of equality? Is indigence really going to forge a path that is best for all? I am just as afraid and unsure as millions of other out there. But I know if I want to change the world and I want to stop feeling hopeless, I first need to change my thinking.
The votes came in and the results were shared. Now everywhere on social media you see messages promoting love and healing. Why? Because the heart of America was torn apart by this election. America was presented with a choice that rocked most voters to their core beliefs while being inundated with propaganda and social media fodder from EVERYWHERE. This whole situation in its entirety hurts my heart. People want to claims it's over. I'm afraid it's only the beginning.
Whew! This month was a hectic one! 10 million and four things to accomplish.. and I've completed almost everything on my list! So now, it's a Friday night, and I've got that amazing let down feeling you get after a long stint of working your butt off. I can grab a glass of wine, open the window and let that cool November breeze come in, sit down at my computer and think.. what the hell happened to October?
I have worked hard these last few weeks putting together new projects and final touches on products for LGP. On top of that, I have my day job of running a daycare out of my home. In addition and included in my daycare, I teach preschool to my kiddos and some extra kiddos three times a week. Much of what I do in my classes end up here on the this website. So I was a little surprised when I looked up from my work groove one day, patting myself on the back for another project well done, and noticed October 1st was now October 29th. Oh crap. I've done nothing for Halloween....
Parenting is tough. Parenting is no joke. It a huge responsibility to take care and raise another human being. It takes love, ingenuity, and an incredible amount of patience. Not just to handle each situation that comes your way, but to also realize that results of what we do as parents don't show themselves immediately. Good or bad. Sometimes it can take years before you find if what you were doing was the right course to take or not. It's tough.
One of the things that make parenting even tougher is it's kind of like politics or religion. Everyone has an opinion and everyone's opinion is right. Sometimes I refuse to discuss parenting styles and philosophies because sooner or later there will be something that's disagreed on like the proper lesson to teach or the proper way to handle the situation. Inevitably, someone will get offended, egos flare up, defenses are at the ready, and there's a breakdown in communication and sometimes even respect. When moments like that happen, the biggest thing that we tend to forget is that there is no big book of parenting out there. There is no one right answer as to how we mere mortals are supposed to raise the future generations of the world. When you have a baby or adopt a child, there is no magic fairy that comes one night to bless you with the ancient wisdom of all parents past. So what do you do?
Today was Letter P day in preschool. And how appropriate for it to be so close to Halloween!
One of the key principles I build my preschool on is to provide kids every opportunity to experience all life has to offer. When I sit down to do these lessons or update projects on the site, it always astounds me exactly how much kids learn from everything they do. Even so many things grown-ups take for granted. I can't tell you how many times the kids have asked me a question and I have to stop, think, and remember that most of the knowledge I have in my head wasn't magically bestowed upon me when I reached a certain age. I had to learn through experience, hard knocks, listening, experimenting, and observing. Today was one of those astounding days.
For those of you who have been with LGP all these years, you know this all began with the development of my preschool in 2010. What started as one student in my living room 3 days a week for 1 hour grew into a website, original projects and artwork design, the LGP store, and a consistent class of 6 kids during the school year. Never in my life did I imagine it would grow to this.
For our site revamp, I was filtering through all my photos and projects. With all the work that goes into everything LGP, sometimes I forget how much fun we all get to have while learning and growing. These kids are amazing. The way they look at the world. The way they absorb their environments. Every day is a new learning opportunity for them. And every day they embrace it. It's truly inspiring.
So I'd like to share a little of what I get to see every day. Each week I'm hoping to post a new story of these kids' and my journey of growing and living. It'll be a reminder to me where LGP's roots are. It'll be a reminder that everything I do is for these kids and the many others we will be reaching with this site.
Thanks for sharing this journey with me!
My name is Leanne Petitt! I am the founder of Little Genius Projects, and when I started, I never imagined LGP would blossom into this amazing site. Thank you so much to all of you who have made LGP a resource for you and helped carry us along to this point! Thank you!
I have been receiving emails with questions asking for advice about parenting and teaching. In response, I'm starting this blog about everything Life has to offer me: Parenting, teaching, child development, life skills, philosophies, etc. I will write about Life as I see it. There will be times where I'm critical or down and out (ice). There will be times life is copacetic and amazing (caramel). But always I will stay true to one message. Everything I do comes from LOVE. Be it tough or squishy. Love is Life.
Let me be the first to say, I feel honored to be given the opportunity to help build a strong support system for others out there in the world. BUT first and foremost, I need to say:
I am not an expert on any of these subjects. I don't have a special certificate that tells me I know how to be a good mom. I don't have any letters I can tack on to the end of my name that shows that I have learned from the school of life. I simply have a different way of looking at the world and facing its challenges. From when I was young I learned to see life in different perspectives and this is what I'm here to share with you. I am a mother. I am a teacher. I have a nursing degree I don't use in the traditional sense. I design teaching material. I am a bass player, pianist, and singer. I love to craft and create. I am mostly self-taught, but have had some amazing guidance along the way. I love my family. And I love my life, warts and all.
Life is meant to be the most important teacher. I take mine with a little Light Ice and Caramel Drizzle.