It is summer and with summer comes a desire by children to stay up later. Sometimes they even get to stay up past their usual bedtime. While it is true that school is out for the summer and they don’t have to get up early to get ready for school, it is also true that letting them stay up later cramps our style as parents seeking relief from children who are awake. This week I have encountered two new excuses why it was necessary to be awake past their bedtime.
When we moved into our house almost four year ago we had a big beautiful tree in our backyard – about eighty feet tall and another tree in front of the house along the edge of the road. We lost the tree in the backyard in our first summer. It was a Manitoba Maple tree and one quiet sunny morning a large branch decided it was time to move out on its own and it escaped from the rest of the tree. In the process it took out the power line in backyard and pulled the line out of the transformer a couple of houses over, which meant everyone in our block lost power.
For the past few weeks I have been working with, or perhaps that should be running with, my four year old to help her learn to ride a two-wheeler free of training wheels. She is doing well.
When the sun first emerged and melted the snow we got out her starter bike with training wheels from last summer and discovered that it was much too small for her. Some friends of ours gifted us their son’s old bike which was the next size up. As a bonus it has beads on the wheels that clack when she rides. We added some streamers and a red horn and it was ready to go.