My 4 year old and the great outdoors

Nature is great for kids

I am fortunate to have a well behaved 4 year old who is not that demanding as 4 year olds are concerned. We are now 3 weeks away from the start of the new preschool year. It is almost like a countdown. Sounds horrible but I think every mom feels this way. I just came back from a week on vacation with my daughter and her 2 friends and the parents. My husband and I are very good friends with the parents so it was a very easy trip.

Every day – the 3 kids woke up to fresh air and breakfast on the patio. After breakfast we would take them on a nature hike, a swim, and to the beach. They were busy all day and it was just great for their little bodies.

At night it was great for the parents, right after dinner, they were tired and with a few bedtime stories, they were tucked in and sleeping and we got to watch the Olympics for the rest of the night.

I am talking about this not because I want to brag about my amazing parenting skills but to show a contrast of what is going on now that we have returned from our wonderful outdoor vacation adventure.

Back to reality, I am working on my otherĀ  blog again, doing my Ebay, paying household bills, my husband is back at work, and my daughter has no school and we cannot afford the $325 a week summer camp in our area. A nanny is out of the question as they are $13 and up an hour. So as I work on my morning items, my daughter plays in her room, has a friend over, or is planted in front of the television for 2 hours while I try to quickly finish my daily to do work tasks so I can take her out for the afternoon for the rest of her summer break.

As a mom, you feel pressure to do everything for your child- I want her to be able to have playdates, not watch a lot of television, get a lot of outdoor exercise, ride her bike daily and just never be bored.

I don’t know how to do that right now while she is still on school vacation. I don’t have help and I need to do some work on the computer and around the house. The laundry needs to be done, the dishes needed to be washed, and the house needs to be tidied. The beds cannot make themselves.

Some of my friends who have daily help or help a few days a week don’t understand. They tell me things like “just let the house go. It is no big deal. Your children are most important.” I truly agree my child is the most important but when the dishes are piled in the sink, and the dishwasher needs to be emptied…it seems like the house needs attention at the moment.

Would love some comments about what you do and how much help you have. Let me know. I would love to feel like I am not alone.


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