Saturday, 25 February 2012

Would I be seven again?

Life as a seven year old is harder than you think.

Today I have spent an entire day (or it feels like it) helping daughter to do the following:

  1. Reading
  2. Spellings
  3. Write a report on the visit from the dentist
  4. Music theory
  5. Piano practice
  6. Design a princess dress
I have listened to life in the blitz (reading book), discussed the various spellings of plurals, tortuously tried to elicit from her what happened when the dentist visited school on Friday (she can't remember any of it), helped her to write accidentals into scales, listened to "Green Gravel" and "Rocking Horse" several times and drawn, coloured and glued onto a princess dress design for the Brownies' Diamond Jubilee Challenge.

Now I'm getting her swimming things ready to go extra early in the morning because she's doing her 1000m badge and getting her riding gear ready to go straight on to her riding lesson. We will also have to do more spellings tomorrow and more piano practice!

All I have to do is four lots of washing and mark some tests.

No wonder she goes to bed at 7.30pm!


Kelloggsville said...

Gosh I remember those days when I felt like I was doing so very much like that. It has now turned in to Friday night : "have you got homework", Saturday night "did you think about doing our homework", Sunday night "DO YOUR HOMEWORK"

It all gets easier! except the Sunday night delivery of 3 'oh I forget these' letters that require stuff the following day and an arm full of washing needed urgently that didn't make it to the wash basket on Friday! (Today I taught her how to use the washing machine!)

Although I do sadly miss listening to constant 'Nastasha's hedgehog' for one of her gradings, I'll never forget that one in particular...she uses headphones now!

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

Probably the big difference between only children and large families- they get more attention paid to them and more money available to join things. For our four we said they could choose things but they had to be dragging us out to do them so it was their passion and not our feeling they "should" do it. They all enjoyed a sport, cubs, and a chance to learn instruments. I don't think they felt deprived and they had plenty of time to play with friends and unwind. I did stop helping with their homework more when I started tertiary teaching - I realised kids have to do a reasonable amount on their own to be successful adults and me being manic about supervising them and taking part was not helping them learn to be responsible for their own outcomes.

You sound a lovely, talented and creative teacher, but a very busy woman with a lifestyle that reads as exhausting and hectic - but that might just be the writing of it - I hope you all get to stop and smell the roses and enjoy some quiet time regularly. I have been there, lived the way you are, and ultimately, I believe it cost me a mariage because I was often tired, cranky and did not work on lifestyle balance and the relationship - not the only cause but hindsight makes things clearer. Driven A type personalities learn eventually :)

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

and after that - I just read this....

Claire said...

But when is there time to play?

Working Mum said...

Kelloggsville - I do hope it gets easier, for her! Good tip about teaching how to use the washing machine!

Fi - I think you are quite correct about only children. I couldn't give her the help and all the extra stuff she does if I had more. I think ultimately I just have to make sure she is happy with what she does (at the moment she is). And don't worry, we get plenty of family time - usually in the school holidays - and I get Sunday mornings to myself (ie now) while hubby takes her swimming. I think we get the balance right, but, being a type A, I will heed your warning and watch out!

Claire - Don't worry, she thinks piano, designing princess dresses and riding is play, so she's quite happy. We also played "Just Dance" on the Wii together, made some lemon cakes and watched this week's Masterchef (Izzy always picks the winner!) She also banned me from her room while she made the "best stables ever", then she beat me at Pony Top Trumps! There are plenty of hours in the day to play as well.

Polly said...

We do forget how busy it is to be a kid don't we. Still I wouldn't mind a little bit of the 7 year old's life from time to time!

libby said...

Been there, done that, got the t-shirt etc., although I had two children and it did seem to me that sometimes I did ask her big brother to 'just keep an eye on'his little sister while I did the washing or cooking etc., so I suspect it is easier with more than one.
p.s. I had a bit of a wobble/cry the other day and the mister asked answer? 'I want to go back and do it all again'......

Maggie May said...

Once a teacher, always a teacher! She is very lucky to have you as a mum.
Some just struggle on their own & some parents just don't bother.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Anonymous said...

Amy never did a lot because most places don't have special needs provisions, but she now has a horse riding lesson once a week and I take her swimming. I don't think I'd want to be 7 again these days. There is too much pressure on competing and keeping up with the other kids.

CJ x

Anonymous said...

Wow! That's one busy 7 year old :).

xxx Hannah xxx said...

Love your blog! So honest and witty... can't wait to read more x