I realized today that I have to start thinking like a Kindergarten teacher.
Not just one of those teachers who used to let you eat paste – one of those teachers who made you think and explore and who made you look at the world a bit differently than your five or six year old brain was used to perceiving things.
Here’s the deal.
I consider myself to be analytical – sometimes so analytical to be off-putting . I’ve looked at both of my kids and have weighed their strengths and weaknesses and realize that Ollie is slowly coming into his own. He’s your classic precocious two year old. He wants to build and draw and deconstruct and then look at you and cry because he broke “it” and can’t quite figure out how to fix “it”.
Cara, on the other hand, has become this other thing. This MORE thing. This almost person thing.
She not only demands you show her HOW to fix what she’s broken but she also demands and explanation as to why it broke in the first place and how you plan on fixing said thing.
Crayons and paper are WAY below this kid. Trust me. I’ve tried. Well, that’s not exactly true. She’s fine with crayons and paper but expect to get back paper with stick figures that have “babies in their uteri” – creepy stick figure babies.
Tucker and I have talked about sending her to some sort of daycare/pre-school program but we’re pretty sure Oliver would lose it right now. Any change in his routine tosses him into a tailspin and it takes the majority of the day to get him back to good. Cara seems attached to him as well but she’s itching to do something.
Homemade Play-Doh satisfies her for a while and exploring the trail next to our house helps; we’re determined to wear them both out every night before bed. Other than that I seem to be at a loss right now as to what I should do. I guess I’ll be looking at the bookstore in Montessori style books for ideas.
Are your kids like this? Do you have this same issue? I’d love to hear what you’re doing to help curtail kid boredom in a kid who isn’t quite ready for school and isn’t happy with what you’re offering them.