Rewind to a few months ago.
I was both excited yet incredibly nervous for summer time. What would we do for 2 whole months of no school. How would I keep Allie busy and entertained ALL DAY LONG?! Would we sit around and butt heads constantly? I was a mess of nerves.
Here we are and it’s summer. And it has been great!
Let me break down a little to you all why I was so nervous.
Allie is my strong willed and very independent 6 year old daughter. She does what she wants when she wants and if we doesn’t want us to know about it, she lies.
It’s been a struggle since school started to get her to listen to us and to her teachers. It’s been really hard. I pray often that her strong willed personality be used for good as she grows.
I’m thankful she is strong willed because I on the other hand grew out of my strong willed personality(not completely but almost) and became a less independent and strong willed adult.
Anyways, I stressed we would have no fun because of how often me and her fought and how often she just wanted to argue with me(lawyer much?).
Spending time together became stressful at times. It would end in frustration. And I wasn’t sure where to go or what to do to begin trying to fix this issue we had been having.
I decided this summer we would do minimal screentime. I took away the tablet and cut tv time almost out completely during the day. We have made it a point to get out of the house daily. Splash pad, a friends house, the park, or even just spending the day exploring our own backyard in the sunshine.
We have one day a week where we clean and just relax and Allie can spend time playing with her toys and using her imagination to create fun for herself. And it’s been working wonders.
Summer has been so much fun and I am already sad that it is passing by so quickly!
I realized it doesn’t take as much as I thought to keep a 6 year old happy all day. It’s pretty much a balance of sunshine and snacks. The two S’ s if you will.
We have had so much fun.
Today is our rest day. So I figured I would do a little blog. I haven’t had much blogging inspiration lately. I’ve written probably 5 blogs that end up piled up in my drafts or I just erase them. I’ve been doing better at practicing my writing even when I feel it isn’t worth anything.
Back to my topic.
So summer with a strong willed child…its all about balance. Just like anything in life. And it helps to know some days she needs to entertain herself as well. I don’t have to exhaust myself trying to come up with something for her to do 24/7. Sometimes I need to let her work her own imagination. And that has given me some time for myself as well.
As for Caroline, She has enjoyed the sleeping in and sunshine as well.
So here’s to the days we have left. Here’s to the tan lines and the time spent with our family. Here’s to friends made and long naps. Here’s to sleeping in and very few cares. Here’s to summer and all that it brings with it.
Thanks for reading,