1- Bedtime follow up. I feel I must include this! G has transitioned reasonably well to the bunk bed (bottom bunk, obviously!) from her toddler bed. A is now in her own room! Our bedtime process still S U C K S.
I think I may have to completely eliminate screen time or dangle some sort of huge carrot to get the kids to just . . . be nicer at the end fo the day. I know it’s on me as well — by 8:00 I’m just OVER parenting and am probably not doing it that effectively.
Currently I let them watch something for 60-90 minutes after dinner (and after they read or play quietly for 30 min). But even as I write this, I can see it’s probably part of what is not working. There is also a highly annoying period where they all ask for snacks and complain and compare about what each are getting. I TRY SO HARD to manage this and prevent it and I just keep failing.
(In case someone is considering suggesting taking a walk or going outside with the kids at 7pm, I just will preemptively state that it is basically the last thing I want to do at the end of the day and the mosquitos are out in DROVES at that point and it’s still hot and/or there’s lighting.)
2- Podcast rec, along the lines of Wednesday’s post: Financial Residency. I listen every single Friday (where a physician calls in and they basically review and discuss the person’s entire financial plan and portfolio) — this week’s ep especially struck a chord as the couple had some parallels with us (but in full disclosure if you listen, they are definitely on more of an early retirement path than we are – which is okay!).
3- BLP is on hiatus this month, but I’m already starting to think about fall episodes. I’d like to do a few planner reviews of less known planner brands leading up to 2022! Some I am considering:
Saint Belford (Australian)
Make Life Easy (UK)
Ink & Volt (US)
Is there a brand you are hoping for a review of? Let me know!
4- The kids’ school announced that sports will be back in the fall (though FL is back on Orange and rising, $(*%#(*&$) and there is definitely more COVID around). BUT assuming this spike is short lived and things stay at the status quo (maybe not a good assumption but we will go with it for now), I am very happy. C is unfortunately one year too young, but the idea that A could join a team for cross country or soccer or basketball AT THE SCHOOL seems so nice and honestly, we haven’t had options like that since Miami Beach. We are trying to plan fall activities (yes already, the signup emails have showed up already, many with threats off “spots running out”) but honestly I’m having trouble getting in the headspace yet. DIDN’T SUMMER JUST START?
(The answer is ‘no’ and the kids are halfway done with camp already. 6 weeks from now kids will be done with first week of school. I do feel like there is some kind of time warp happening. Never in my life has it taken me so long to remember what month it is.)
((Maybe I am just getting very old.))
5- Currently reading: My summer reading plan may end up just going out the window – that’s fine with me as long as I’m reading good things! Josh had gifted me (for my bday!) a 6 month membership to Parnassus Books First Edition Club and I can’t just let these volume go unread, can I?! This was June’s selection:
So far, so good. Honestly, I can’t imagine Ann Patchett ever picking a bad book.