Captain’s log, Day One of Summer 2019
“You should have told me to bring a snack.”
“Let’s have a spa day.”
“I’m really hungry!”
“When our dad died we lived at a different address.” (This from another child, from the back seat, where all great communication happens.)
I anticipate every other day this summer will be a similar mix of mundane, with sometimes really hard things.
We have a child who does well with structure. My deepest belief is that parenting is in large part marketing, so this is the general structure of our week. I dusted off this scrap of paper from kindergarten summer to help:
A friend pointed out that under Friday “smiling during chores” is laughable — a good edit. Now that The Child is 8, “finished” rather than “happy about it” is our chore goal.
Looking forward to sneaking in a few more snippets this summer. I hope to be happy about most of them.