This post is written as part of a college assignment for ENG317.
Today is such a humid day. This would make anyone just want to stay inside in the air conditioning and not get sweaty. Not in this house. We play outside as much as possible. With an 8-year-old it is a must to spend as much time outside as possible to get her energy worn before bed time rolls around.
Every day we try to keep the same schedule. I wake up before her with my own schedule that includes a quick work out, preparing myself for the day, getting laundry started and other house hold chores. I wake her around 7am where she then has her own schedule to follow. She has her own list called a “Morning List” as well as her chores. She has followed these for the last 2 years. It has helped so much keeping her on track.
Yesterday we have planned to have a picnic outside for lunch and cool off under the sprinkler. After all of our chore are done we spent time deciding what we wanted to make for lunch. She chose peanut butter and fluff and I chose a turkey sandwich. She is very independent and wants to do things on her own so while she made sandwiches I packed some strawberries and watermelon. We have waters and pretzels also. While everything chills in the fridge we got our bathing suits on and made sure we have our sunscreen on. She also decided she wants to bring out her book that we have been reading. She said “we can do real sunbathing. Everyone always reads books while they lay in the sun”.
Due to her high energy and short attention span I always have to keep other activities that we can do in the back on my mind. Along with playing in the sprinkler and reading, I have planned ahead if it is needed to have her plan out an obstacle course. She really enjoys this type of planning and being able to make the rules of how it is done. This I have found in the past is a great way to allow her to have control of an activity and get her brain working.
Giving her some control allows her to stay a bit more calm than usual and think about what she wants to happen, but just be careful to not let her overstep the boundaries. You are still the adult and may interfere at any point if need be as the adult. It’s just fun some times to allow kids to be in control. We will see what type of day today brings.
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