We held our third annual back to school fancy dinner the night before school started.
We introduced our new family theme for the year, which focuses on effort.
Troy and I both shared about times we've failed and had to "try try again" to reach a goal and achieve success. Our boys have been quick to say "I can't" or "It's too hard" lately. We had a great discussion about how things don't come easy to everyone and usually the things that matter most require a lot of work and patience.
We also had a not so peaceful dinner consisting of bickering and complaining. It was nothing out of the ordinary, but I think the extra "fanciness" of napkins on laps and glasses full of sparkling cider were enough to let the tradition and discussion sink in a bit for the older boys.
I've already overheard them telling each other to "try try again" when they are struggling.
I've realized how often I still need this message myself. Here's to trying (and trying again) to teach our boys through example.