Yesterday was Ella’s first day home for the August holidays. I was so excited to get home from work and ask her how awesome her day had been! I was sure she had played and colored and read ALL the books on her book shelf. I was absolutely positive that her and her nanny had sang every song from Sound of Music as they skipped happily across the neighborhood playground! I strode into the house ready to chime in and harmonize to Doe, a deer, a female deer. Ray, a drop of golden suuuuuuuun!
Oh what good times I was sure they had had on this first day of the school holidays! NOT.
First of all, they were barely on speaking terms and could hardly stand the sight of each other. As each of them explained in painful detail, it had been a long day of whining, irritability, boredom and time-outs. As soon as I walked in, they begun to unload all the misery and misfortune that had filled their day. One thing became instantly obvious (besides the fact that I would not be joining in a marvelous rendition of How do you solve a problem like Mariaaaaaa?) – Ella needs a daily schedule for these holidays. The truth is, even during school holidays, kids benefit from structured days. Leaving Ella to her own devices is unfair to her nanny who has a lot of work to get done around the house, and unfair to Ella who is not mature enough to keep herself busy the whole day.
So, my mission (which I have not choice but to accept) is to create a daily schedule for this holiday. On the schedule, I’d like to have slotted time for TV, Drawing/Coloring, Chores, Outside Play, Reading, Nap Time, Holiday Homework and Tab Time – a mix of things Ella both loves to do and needs to do.
I need the schedule to be visual because I’d like to stick it on the kitchen fridge so that Ella can see what’s next in her day. And herein lies the problem. GUYS, I have not a single artsy gene in my body; I cannot even draw a stick figure. Also? The supermoms on Pinterest (remind me to tell you about how much I hate the supermoms on Pinterest) have created magnificent pieces of art as daily schedules that are ALREADY making me feel inadequate!
Anyway, I will do this. I must! And I’ll show you the finished result which will (hopefully!) be up on the fridge in a few days.
Here are some of the
supermom ideas resources I plan to draw on:
Wish me luck!