‘Friday’ has a wonderful sound to it. It means lots to many people, but for me it means “down-time”.
“Down-time” for me and for my pre-schooler. It’s been a busy week, swimming lessons, waiting for older siblings to finish their afterschool activities, and going on walks, doing fitness, and starting basic school visits. All of this means that by the time we get to Friday, I have one very tired, grizzly, stimulated-out wee boy. He needs a day off!
Yes, it would be lovely if he was in preschool for another morning. Yes, I would have another morning doing whatever I wanted. Yes, it can be frustrating and patience-draining. But it’s the right thing to do for him.
There is a lot of routine in a wee person’s life, particularly if you are the youngest of four children, and so on a Friday, I don’t try and play, organise, set-up play-dates, drive anywhere, or force anything to happen. Friday is the day that my 4-year old gets to be the boss of his own environment and do whatever it is he needs to do to get through the day.
TV time? Absolutely (I wish he would want this a little more!). Computer/ tablet time? No worries. Playing with his brothers’ Lego, and army trucks? Yep, not a problem. Nothing holds his attention very long, and we often spend a bit of the day having a cuddle as well, as all the frustration and tiredness comes out.
This week, it’s a little more draining than usual as he has a runny nose, and a wee cold. Extra frustration is ensuing.
My job on a Friday? To remain calm, loving and patient…..