Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kaitlyn Child Summary: 6.75 Years Old

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This is a summary for Kaitlyn from 6.5-6.75 years old.

Kaitlyn lost two teeth in this period! It is on the later side of life for when kids usually lose teeth. She is my latest teether. Typically, a child loses their baby teeth in relation to when they get them in.

Ugh eating is a big annoyance for me again. She seems to go in waves and we are currently at a low point of extreme pickiness in eating. I wonder if there is any correlation with the time of year and her pickiness? I cook different foods at different times of year. But she is getting picky about things she has always loved, or getting picky about the age of food. For example, she LOVES my rolls when they are fresh baked, but she will no longer eat them the next day. She will only eat them fresh out of the oven. So she is definitely taking it up a notch.

Sleeping is great.

School is also great. She hasn't had any concerns over tests in the last three months since the last summary. Brayden's teacher told me kids are tested so much these days they typically get over anxiety pretty quickly. She is having fun with friends at school and doing well with school work and school rules. 

I have realized something about my kids in the last few months. Brayden really dislikes being very busy with things outside the home. He likes to do some things, but not too many. He is good at recognizing what is too much for him and letting me know when he doesn't want to do something. Kaitlyn is very different in that she loves having lots of things to do and she is always asking for more. I used to think we would have some policy for how many things the kids can be involved in as a general policy for the family. I know families who have policies like that and it sounds like a great idea. I am thinking now, though, that we will have a minimum (I want them in a music lesson and in something that involves physical exertion) and we will have a limit just because time and money are both limited resources, but it won't be a hard and fast rule for all kids as a whole. People are different. Some like being busier and some like having very few commitments. I am okay with my kids being their own person when it comes to these things. We will take it child by child and year by year as to what can be done so far as time and money go. 

Anyway, with that tangent done...Kaitlyn is doing piano, dance, gymnastics, and then we do swimming as as family every other week. Her dance teacher this year is not the best with kids--she says things in an effort to motivate that really does the opposite (like telling them they only have 8 more weeks until the revue and they will not be ready--not a motivator). She likes dancing but not the teacher. 

The best word to describe Kaitlyn is sweet. She is so great at recognizing when people need help. She is so amazing with Brinley. She plays with her and knows just how to keep her happy and engaged. She will be such a great babysitter! She also recognizes when I need help and jumps right in. 

Kaitlyn loves art things. She is also obsessed with stuffed animals.

Her favorite books lately have been the Little House books.

This is what Kaitlyn wanted to be for Halloween--Bowser
Here is our typical school day schedule.

7:00--wake up. Eat breakfast. Get Ready. Practice piano. Chores.
Go to school.
Come home from school.
4:00--Homework. Free play until dinner.
5-5:30--dinner. Family time
7:00--start getting ready for bed 
8:30--in bed


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Jessie said...

I've noticed in a few summaries now, especially as your kids get older, that bedtime takes a long time:) What all happens for your family during that hour and a half at the end of the day? Does it include additional play time, or it just takes that long with four?

Valerie Plowman said...

It is a very long process! Part of it is numbers. Part is the process.

We start by getting into PJs, potty, brush teeth, etc.

Then we clean up.

Then we read scriptures as as family. Then we give compliments and do a family prayer.

Then my husband takes Brinley and reads to her and puts her to bed. While he does that, I read to McKenna and the older two kids read on their own. Then she goes to bed.

Then I read to Kaitlyn and my husband reads to Brayden. Then they go to bed.

It just all adds up :)

LEM said...

The schedule you have seems so smooth and hectic free. But you also mention lots of extra curricular activities for her. Where do those fit in the schedule? I feel so over booked and I only have 2 kids with 2 days a week commitment each of activities! Granted they do go to bed at 7pm so that might have something to do with it.

Valerie Plowman said...

Our activities all start as soon as after school as possible. Except for her dance class--that is later in the evening. It isn't my favorite but it was the only time available for her age.


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