The summer holidays are over and we survived it! I had my doubts 10 days in but by week 3 we had found a happy balance, and from then on the holidays flowed quite smoothly.
I found that the recipe to success was just letting go a bit, and just relaxing more. It’s not always that easy but it’s worth it!
I have learnt that you really have to pick your battles. Does it really matter if he has a snack an hour after breakfast? Does it matter if he watches a bit more television than I like when outside is wet and miserable? Does it matter if he walks around a shop not holding my hand? Actually, this one makes it much easier and actually made him happier in Next. He actually reigns himself in very well when I let him loose! Does it matter if he’s naked at three o’clock in the afternoon??
For Little Bear, he’s learnt to occupy himself a bit more (mainly with Lego), he’s learnt to write more letters, draw people, rhyme words. He’s learnt to get up by himself for a wee at 6 o’clock without calling out to me – although he’s far from quiet so it doesn’t really change much. But arguably the most important thing is that he’s learnt most of the words to “Let it Go” and pretty much every song from “Moana”.
And today he went back to playgroup. He was disappointed it wasn’t school but happy to back nonetheless. He ran nearly the whole way, had big smiles for his teachers, and settled in as if we’ve never been away!
Our final year before school has officially begun!