We went to the “bigger park” yesterday (and I wore this). Jacob calls it that because out of the many in our neighborhood, this park is the only one with three slides and a merry-go-round. Since Josh was with us and could distract Judah from the sand pit surrounding the merry-go-round, Jacob got a much anticipated spin.
When we were done, a pack of little girls came over from their family BBQ with a guy I presumed to be their cool Uncle. Gelled curls, expensive sunglasses and shoving an overloaded hot dog in his mouth, this guy was way cool. After wiping the ketchup from his chin, he spun the girls around until one flung off like a rag-doll. She was totally fine so please don’t judge me (and Josh) for chuckling a little at the situation.
The cool uncle, totally out of his element, said, “OHHH!” and picked up the whimpering girl as Josh and I pretended we didn’t see anything. I think that’s the reason most merry-go-rounds have been banned from parks; because someone’s cool Uncle spins the thing too fast, right?
It did start me thinking about how as parents, we have to know what our kids can handle. From how fast to spin the merry-go-round to what their Friday night curfew should be. Oh yes, that’s right, my boys will have a curfew. Right now it’s called bed-time and is no later than 8pm, but oh yes, teenage Judah and Jacob will have a curfew.
It feels like this Summer handed us a new chapter in parenting. Because Judah is so delayed in his development, it seems as if we haven’t been past the “baby-toddler” stage until now. Jacob, minus the thumb sucking and ever present “blankie”, seems to have quickly left the baby-toddler stage and turned into a big boy overnight. Their boundaries are ever expounding, but I have to say, I’m thankful this Summer we chose to keep Judah out of school. It gave me more one on one time with them and allowed me to learn the areas they are growing in and the areas they need extra help with as they enter this new stage of “big boy-hood”. Finding that balance between protecting them and helping them stretch their boundaries isn’t easy, but I think this Summer has given me a better understanding of that.
Such a serious post. I think it’s the outfit. Or maybe it’s the jedi scarf I tied over my bangs to keep them from flying around in the wind. Either way, those are my thoughts as I prepare for Judah’s first day of school tomorrow. Jacob and I have big plans to get coffee (me) and donuts (him) and hang out until Judah gets out. Have you started back to school yet? What left the biggest impression on you this Summer?