Why am I thankful for the judging? First off, it teaches our girls that real deadlines DO matter. Sometimes in life it's not important if you complete a task today or tomorrow...but sometimes it is! By learning how to be properly prepared, with their projects done on time, we are trying to walk them towards being responsible adults. You know, the ones who pay their light bill on time & remember to take out the trash the night before? That's what we're aiming for.
Secondly, the judging process allows our girls the opportunity to extend grace to others in real-life. Understanding that the judge may have a different opinion than they do, but still maintaining their composure, and not speaking ill of others are valuable life skills. I've worked with a few adults over the years who had not learned these lessons. They are also learning how to let others go first, and how to give a sincere compliment.
Thirdly, I like seeing my friends, the other Moms who are busy most of the time, just like me. Some days we just sit in the "parents' corner" and chat. Sometimes we work on goals or lesson plans for fall. Tomorrow, I plan to be working on some more reviews...we've got a lot of them posting in the next week!
Fourth, our girls learn about the joy of patience. Some years, it takes a loooooong time for it to be their turn. (Especially now that they're in the upper divisions.) They learn how to talk quietly with both friends and acquaintances, and how to wait without feeling rushed.
So if you wonder why the backgrounds on my pictures look different next week...it's probably because I took them on the kitchen floor. It seems to be the only surface in the house not covered by part of a 4-H project-LOL!
Enjoy the week with your kids! Tell them how happy you are to see them doing a job well done!
These are the girls' 4-H sewing projects for this year!