My primary goal for my sons is not that they live a comfortable, safe, easy life. No, I want them to be challenged and stretched, I want them to experience things and grow from those experience.But at the same time, I do want them to be happy. With all of the changes and adjustments they’ve dealt with in their short lives, a certain sense of comfort isn’t a bad thing.
And when I see them comfortable and happy, it is an encouragement for this momma’s heart!
That is what I saw last Thursday morning, as they returned to their school for a third year (this will be their second full year). They are in a familiar environment, where they are known and cared for. They enjoy school, and they have teachers who challenge them and help them reach their potential. They aren’t seen as a number, and they are encouraged to develop at a pace that suits each of them, without going too easy on them.
As I’ve said before, I’ve learned that when my kids are thriving in this expat life, it makes everything easier.
|First day of school after arriving in Norway
Daniel: Grade 1, William: Grade 4
|First day of school 2013
Daniel: Grade 2, William: Grade 5
|First day of school 2014
Daniel: Grade 3, William: Grade 6