This afternoon, Olivia stopped me as I was walking through the house and said: “Daddy, I’m not going to be bored on this break at all!”
“Oh yeah?” I said. I was intrigued where she was going with this. The boys have already started complaining of boredom — on the first day of their Winter Break from school — so if she had discovered any remedy for such a malady, I was eager to discover it.
“Yeah: Look! I made a ‘To Do’ List, with all the things I can do to have fun over Christmas.” She had them all written down in a notebook, complete with hand-drawn check boxes beside each item.
I love my daughter on so many levels — but this small example (of a much wider character quality) made me especially appreciative of the way she plans and organizes her world. In some ways, I can see that she’s a “chip off the old block” in these tendencies. In other ways, she puts her own unique stamp on these organizational tendencies.
Here is Olivia’s Christmas Break “To Do” List:
- Read while listen to music
- Play with dolls / My Little Ponies
- Work on AG coloring poster
- Care round for Flurry
- Fashion show for Pinky and Strawberry
- Do Crafts
- Get out outfit for tomorrow
- Practice flute (not super fun, but good for you)
- Use media time
- Check mailbox
- See if Grace is home and ask her to play (not always available)(don’t do this every day)
- Make cards for Amelie
Doesn’t that sound fabulous?!? Planning always needs to be balanced with an element of spontaneity, in order to make the most of recreational opportunities like this — but what’s to stop us grown-ups from planning the way Olivia does? I’m thinking about planning to get through a couple of books… pursuing individual time with each kid, drawing them out in conversation… enjoying some extra holiday foods — and then running off some of the calories afterwards…
What’s on your Christmas Break “To Do” List?