So, school holidays are well under way, and all is going quite well.
Bonzo has been reasonably shouty/screamy/demandy but in a low-key way, almost as though he can’t be bothered putting more effort into it. We have had a couple of monumental public meltdowns, but a couple of large meltdowns is better than continuous small ones.
These holidays I have been mega organised, and have been timetabling his every move. Even free time is timetabled. Bonzo seems to quite like this, his opening words have been ‘what’s on the timetable today Mummy?’ (still waiting for him to say hello/morning/something pleasant)
I have (and yes, I realise this is quite amusing) collected around 30 ‘activities’, some shop bought, some birthday presents put to one side, some things we have already like playdoh, and others simple things like junk modelling, and each activity has a numbered ticket on it. On days we are at home, after nap time (yes, I know, I know) he chooses a ticket from a bowl and the matching number is the activity we do together. Bonzo is loving this – it takes all choice away from him, preventing meltdowns, and all blame away from me for choosing the ‘wrong’ thing. So far we have done sticker books, covered the garden table and animals (plastic) in shaving foam, made a great CBeebies model, made an aeroplane that survived 2 flights…….. Activities left are frisbee decorating, junk modelling, lego, old birthday cards to cut up and stick and many, many more.
I had some dvds put to one side to watch, but so far we haven’t had the need for TV, so they remain unwatched, waiting for a wet week.
This week, for the first time, Bonzo has gone to a holiday sports camp (of the daily variety). He is loving it, it is at his school, run by a few guys who do lots of sport at the school so he knows them already, and full of his school, village and pre-school friends. The highlight for Bonzo – being given a pack of Adrenalin XL cards to bring home each day. And this course is a bargain £10 a day – 3 different sports each day, snacks and a whole 6.5hrs of peace. Well worth the money!
So, 2 weeks down, 4 weeks to go, and it looks like we will survive. We have a trip to see Granny, Grandad and Uncle & Aunty North, a week by the hopefully sunny sea, dog sitting, and several playdates with old friends. Before we know it it will be time to put on the shirt and tie and enter the world of Year 1.
Meanwhile, some snapshots of the Summer so far……..
We have, sushieating-butterfly hatching-kiteflying-bikeriding-modelvillagevisiting-snailmaking-naturecollecting-heronwatching-waterfighting.