Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Brayden Summary: 7.75 Years Old

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Brayden shoveling snow
This is a summary for Brayden who is now 7 3/4 years old.

Eating continues on as normal. He eats well and eats a lot.

Sleeping is also continuing on as usual.

One day, Brayden had no school so I finally took him to get his flu shot. I almost took him in December, but decided against checking him out of school for it. So this day worked out. Well, we went into the room and the nurse informed us that they were out of the flu mist (the kind you breathe). He was expecting that, not a shot. Oh he freaked out! He was terrified. He started to cry and saying he didn't want a shot. Kaitlyn and McKenna ran from the room and I hoped the nurses would take care of them (they did, by the way. They all entertained each other and the girls walked away with suckers and stickers).

I sat down so I was eye-level with Brayden (ish--he is a little to tall to be perfectly eye level when I am sitting). I held his shoulders and said, "I know you are scared, and that is okay. It is not okay for you to throw a big fit like this. I know shots are no fun, but this is a time when you need to be brave." He took some deep breaths and calmed down.

He then said, "Mom. Can I say a prayer?"

Oh melt my heart! Of course you can!

So he knelt and said a prayer. He felt very calm after that.

He sat in my lap, and as the nurse gave him his shot, he started laughing and said he couldn't even feel it. As we drove home, he said, "Mom, the next time I need to get a shot, I am going to remember this day and I won't be so scared."

Initially, I felt terrible that I hadn't just checked him out of school in December so he could get the flu mist. But my husband said he thought it was really good that the scenario played out like it did. Brayden learned a lot from it, and he exercised faith during it, so in all, it was one of those hard life lessons that made him stronger. I think he is right.

Brayden is playing basketball, taking swimming lessons, and taking piano lessons right now.

As Brayden gets older, I am finding it harder and harder to get him to talk. He opens up most after you have spent several hours with him, which is really quite difficult to accomplish on a school day. Because of this, I have checked out a whole bunch of books on raising boys and am trying to be proactive with ideas before it becomes a big problem. I have already seen some improvements. I will report more in the future as I weed out what works and what doesn't. He hasn't ever been huge into talking. It was so weird for me when Kaitlyn started talking and would just fill my ears with detail after detail of her day. Boys and girls really are different!

My efforts to expand Brayden's horizons have worked great! Refer to his last summary for a brush up. He now reads a whole lot of different books and feels very comfortable doing so. Here are some books he loves:

Brayden weekday schedule is:

7 AM--get up. Eat breakfast. Get ready for school. Play until time to go to school.
Goes to school.
Comes home from school.
Homework then practice piano.
Playtime until dinner.
5:30 PM--Dinner. Then time with family.
7:00 Chores and start getting ready for bed.
8-8:30--in bed (why does it take so long? We spend a lot of time reading before bedtime. We read scriptures then read chapter books).


Melissa M said...

I am interested to hear your opinion on the Harry Potter books, as it seems like it is something I hear a lot of parents of 8/9 year olds worry about. Their concern is that although their child is ready for books 1 and 2, the further they go along, the darker and more mature the books get, and although they don't feel like their kids are ready for them, they have a hard time preventing them from reading on. Are you okay with Brayden reading all of the books right now?

Valerie Plowman said...

No--definitely not. We let him do books 1-3 but we haven't let him read further. I agree it is hard to stop a series, but you can absolutely stop the child from reading on. They can re-read the first three.

We will take it year by year, but for now he can't read further. I figure that when they were being written, people had to wait at least a year for each book, so if kids could handle that then, then can handle waiting now.

Another thing, though, with books is that you can really only imagine what your mind allows you to imagine. Obviously there are books that introduce things you don't want your child (or yourself) exposed to, but a lot of what could be scary in the Harry Potter books really can't be imagined by a child (which is why I prefer books over movies...well, just one reason). One example is the Basilisk --Brayden was not scared at all reading about it, but when we watched the movie with him, it scared him quite a bit.

The Murry Family said...

I'm not sure if you are looking for other books for you and Brayden to read together, but the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley is really good. Also, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. Both are great series but are quite lengthy. I believe the Sisters Grimm books are a 4th-5th grade reading level, and Mysterious Benedict Society is 5th-6th grade.

Janice said...

I also have a book recommendation; when I was into the same books Brayden is into (and I'm a big reader), I liked Encyclopedia Brown. If you haven't tried those, I recommend them.

Valerie Plowman said...

Thank you ladies! I do love book recommendations.


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