Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Treetop Sisters promo picture
Just when I start to think that summer is ticking along nicely my kids throw me a curve ball. This summer I am working fulltime and Terry, when home is the children’s activities director. I have gone to  what I think is the extra mile to schedule play dates and Church camps, Dance Camps, swimming and all other kinds of super-duper fun things to do, yesterday when I asked how summer was going I got the reply of OK a little boring though! I don’t know about you but when I hear the B word it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I then had to go into my “when I was a girl in England there wasn’t any camp and even swimming pool blah, blah, blah and if they were bored then I could find many more things for them to do ex. Chores, chores chores. I want them to find that inner self that never lets them feel bored. But how as a society  do we foster that!   After that  there is a need in me to just overschedule everything and I get out my  markers and just go crazy, scheduling everything down to snacks and bathroom breaks ( well maybe not that bad). Do you let them be bored and see if that inner sense kicks in and they become interested in something or do you have to have more of a schedule to things? Most of the time I am able to answer my own questions when I can take a step back and give it a little time, switching off the electronics and have some books or paper and pencils available. Then given a few minutes we are into being detectives or scoring gymnastics at the Olympics that is when I am amazed at the creatively in children. I also  try to make a mental note not to have a knee jerk reaction to  the next thing to come out of my children’s mouths.  

Creative moment !!