|"Look Mom! It's snowing!"|
Thing One craves attention. Okay, that's normal. He also has a personality type that needs structure. Having a routine provides him with a sense of security; he's not overwhelmed by complete freedom and he knows when to do what. That's more of a problem for me. The only times I have ever been able to keep a schedule were when I was in school or at work.
These are things that I've known about my oldest son since he was about eight months old, and I had the solution figured out then, too. It's amazing how often we can forget things. What am I doing about it this time? We have started school.
Nick and I had always intended to homeschool our children; and while three and a half years sounds a little early, Thing One is ready. He is intelligent and creative; he needs a consistent routine, and he needs an outlet. Yesterday he identified and colored the circles on a page of shapes and he traced curved lines. We're working slowly on identifying letters and numbers, and I hope to start him tracing those soon.
If I let myself think about it, I'm a little daunted by the thought of starting school while I'm pregnant, but yesterday went so well. It was the first day in nearly two weeks that he didn't deserve a punishment. I figure that my sanity is worth a little extra exhaustion. Besides, I have a single serving size container of Haagen-Dazs coffee flavored ice cream in the freezer!