This year is the first in a while I’ll be working during the kids summer break. I’ve not had to worry about who is going to take care of them or what they will do with their time. I have a few more days before school is out for the year and I’ve not yet figured out how we are going to handle this summer. I’m trying to get approved to work from home for the summer so at least I can be here and plan activities for them around my work hours, but that has not yet been approved. So, if that doesn’t work out there are a few half day camps they can attend, but they are pricy and would take up my little part-time salary completely. I seriously couldn’t imagine how single parents survive with the cost of child care. Anyway, I’m praying my job comes through for me on this one because I’m seriously going bonkers over here trying to find a solution.
My youngest Daughter is a lot like me. She is highly analytical while at the same time being almost just as creative. It’s like dual purposes fighting until you can find a happy medium and in order to do that both sides must have space to be expressed. Her living space has not accommodated her personality. It is a very traditional bedroom with a small office area included. For me I’ve been blessed to have an area in which I can create in the form of a craft room as well as an office in which to do my work, and a separate sleeping area. My daughter however has all of this in her bedroom.
In thinking about her today I determined it a good idea to remove the traditional elements from her room and create a space in which she can express herself fully. She is allowed to use my craft room, but opts to color and things like that in her bedroom. I am going to take the whole mini office feel out of her bedroom. I’m going to get rid of the laptop and create a sign on to my iMac for her to do research when necessary. Her laptop, reader, and mp3 player will be replaced by an iPad mini.This not only gives her more space in her bedroom, and fewer things to keep track of; it gives mamma more oversight concerning her computer usage. Yay Mamma!
Her room is going to get a total makeover to accommodate her creative side along with her analytical one. She will have a whiteboard wall on which to color till her heart is content or to work out math problems if she chooses. Along that with a large carpet in the floor for a creative play zone that she can get dirty and mamma won’t fuss. She will have a long thin backboard strip running on one of the walls so she can pin up her artwork which is very important to her. I’m going to give her a Chair and floor lamp for reading, She will keep her same bed and dresser, but the bookshelf will be removed and only a small table next to her chair will house the book she is reading at the moment. Her closets will be re-designed to accommodate her shoes and purses more effectively so that she will not be stressed on organization. All the unnecessary fluff will be removed from her space. I’m going to let her assist in picking the colors of her room as well as any curtains and linen so it is something she is comfortable with.
I think these changes to a more unconventional living space will help her find the necessary balance between her creative genius and her analytical side.
Anna used all of my construction paper making lanterns for a party somewhere in the future, but I’m not upset because at least she’s not stuck on television. (smile)
So the kids will be starting school within the next couple weeks and I’ll be looking for some good lunch options they can take that will both be healthy and satisfy their hunger. I’m not really good with creating to-go type meals. I usually just take a salad, but they are not gonna want to do that every day. I don’t want to opt for sandwiches and chips. So over the next couple weeks I’ll be trying out different recipes to see why they think. Wish me luck.
Anna started her first day of gymnastics last week. She went all in, hard core, like she’d been doing this all her life. She has some catching up to do since by the age of 9 these girls have been doing this for at least 4 years, but she was very enthusiastic and caught on quickly. She was moving so much it was hard to get a good pic. This is the best one. This has given mamma opportunity to encourage moving and exercise without it feeling like work. I told her if she wanted a leotard rather than going in shorts and a shirt she needs to practice so I’ll not be wasting my money. I hope this sticks. I’ve been looking for something athletic to hold the girls interest long enough so they actually will want to be engaged and spend time doing it. Let’s hope it sticks.
We had a family reunion this week and the diet rules were totally blown out of the water. I’m not even sure how to explain the level of excess my children consumed while hanging out with their cousins this week. It’s really embarrassing to talk about. Really!!! I don’t even know if this is doing any good since they see it more as a punishment rather than a lifestyle change for the good. Maybe I’m not educating them properly on the benefits. Or, maybe it’s going to take much longer for them to see the benefits. They are after all kids. I’m not sure how we go from a week of excess back to our state of normalcy. We’ll just have to work through it. Wish me luck. Here is a pic of the girls and their cousins.