Brinley Child Summary: 6 Years Old

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Six year old girl schedule and development. How to deal with emotions and what six year old girls are like. 

Six year old girl schedule and development. How to deal with emotions and what six year old girls are like.

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This is a summary for Brinley from 5 years 10 months old to 6 years old. She is now 6!

SLEEP

Sleep is great! Brinley had one night where she woke up crying because her leg hurt. I am 99% sure it was from growing pains (the 1% is reserved just for the fact that there is always a chance it could be something else). I gave her some pain killer and rubbed some Deep Blue oil on her (the doTERRA Deep Blue products are fantastic for growing pains!). Other than that night, things have been great!

EATING

Eating has shifted some. She has always been a great eater, even through the typical picky slides toddlers go through. She has started to say she doesn’t like certain foods and not want to eat them. There isn’t one food group she is directing this toward, but I would say most foods fall into the meat category. Brayden and Kaitlyn both spent YEARS not liking meat. They basically didn’t like meat until they were about 5-6, so it is funny to have her start to be picky about it now. 

EXTRA CURRICULAR

During this time period, Brinley did not do much. She did a rock climbing summer camp. I was really proud of her for taking that on because she is so afraid of heights. She has a natural, real phobia. But she is also determined to overcome that fear, so she constantly pushes herself. She had fun and got to where she would climb the whole wall!

She also did piano lessons. If you follow me on Instagram, you know Brayden is her teacher now. Our teacher we have had since Brayden was five moved and all of the local teachers were full. Since Brinley is so basic, we decided we could try having Brayden teach her for this year. I don’t think it will be great long-term. Very few piano teachers teach their own children, so I am sure a sibling teacher relationship will not be fantastic, but it will have to do for the year. In case you are wondering, we do pay Brayden for being her teacher. 

SUMMER

We are nearing the end of summer and this time period covers two months of summer, so I wanted to give a summer reflection. Brinley has always been one to really like her structure. She has always struggled with Saturdays because they are different from her Monday-Friday. Summer has been one long Saturday. She has handled it better than she has in past years, but it is still hard for her. 

A thing that compounds the problem is that since she is the fourth child, she has older siblings involved in things. That involvement leads to disruptions. Her two sisters both play soccer. Kaitlyn has had practice three days a week and McKenna has had practice twice a week. All different days and times. Brayden has had swim lessons four days a week and piano lessons the other day. We just have things that make it so each day is a little different. Each day has a different flow and feel. 

This leads to some emotional breakdowns. 

I think it will be good for her to start back up with school in a couple of weeks. Her days can be ultra consistent with just some differences in her evenings. 

EMOTIONS

Speaking of emotions. My husband and I were talking about Brinley and how emotional she can get. She is a super emotional person. She is advanced in her feelings, but not advanced in her maturity to handle those feelings. So she feels things more intensely and deeply than the average five (now six) year old, but her maturity to express and manage emotions has not grown as fast as the emotion itself.

So I have been working on expressing emotions with her. We play a game in a time of non-conflict (read up on training in times of non-conflict here) where I say an emotion and she shows it on her face. I did this with all of my other children to help them recognize those emotions exist and to name them. Brinley knows those things already, so I never really did the game with her.

What Brinley doesn’t do is express the emotion she is feeling appropriately. So when we play the game and I say, “Show me, embarrassed”, I point out to her her face. THIS is how a person who is embarrassed acts. She understands it logically. The trick is connecting it on an emotional level. I point out embarrassed doesn’t look angry nor sad. 

So the next time she is embarrassed and responds in anger or crying, I remind her, “Remember what embarrassed looks like? This isn’t how it looks.” That helps her step back and try to express the appropriate emotion that she is feeling. 

BIRTHDAY

I really realized this month that as Brinley is anticipating something, she can be difficult and disobedient. When she is looking forward to her birthday or a big event, she gets hyper-focused on that and for whatever reason becomes more stubborn. It could be her emotions are heightened–I haven’t been able to analyze it deeply. As her birthday approached, she became more difficult. As soon as it was over, she was much better! 

VACATIONS

We had a couple of vacations during this period. They were both only four days long and close to home. She did great at these. She slept well and was pleasant. 

CONCERT

We took all four kids to their first concert. We saw Phillip Phillips at an outdoor concert. It was fun, BUT Brinley definitely was not old enough for this. She has been to many, many musicals and performances, so I thought she would be fine, but I guess a concert is missing a storyline to keep attention. Plus it was late, which didn’t help her feel great about being there. She was bored (that is not commentary on Phillip Phillips; he was great!). So we will wait a couple of years before trying her at a concert again. 

SCHEDULE

This is our basic summer schedule (you can get more details about this summer schedule here):

Sample summer schedule

Brinley gets up at 7:30 each morning. 

PHOTOS

In McKenna’s latest summary, I did a slideshow of the time period I discussed in the post. I got great feedback, so I am going to keep that going! Here is Brinley’s. This covers two months. Music is from https://www.bensound.com/. 

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Child Summary: 6 Years Old

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The older women at my church have always had the habit of stressing to us young mothers to enjoy the moment and soak up what we have now because we will miss it someday. I believe them, and I try to do my best to follow their advice.

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And now that Brayden has turned six (he needs two hands to show you how old he is), I think I am starting to get it. He is already six! In six more years, he will be twelve. Six more, eighteen and graduating high school! Time goes by faster and faster.

SLEEPING 

Sleeping has been good with no sleeping battles in the last few months. Looking at my last post, I guess it has been since January, so that is great. He has been really good about going to bed and staying there.

REST TIME

With nice weather, I have been letting rest time slide. He is in school half of the day, then he needs to practice piano, do homework, have independent play, and play outside. So rest time has not been happening most days. However, I do plan on it happening in the summer when school is out. It will be perfect. It will be the hottest point of the day and he will come in for some rest.

EATING

Eating is good. Brayden loves to eat. He also is very willing to try new foods. And he is one of those eaters who “mmms” all the way through it–he always has been. He is like Bob on What About Bob? Except now he does the three “mmms” “Mmmm-mmmm-mmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” I love cooking for him.

SIBLINGS

Things are still good with siblings. Brayden and McKenna have moments where McKenna really bothers him by playing baby-zilla and breaking his latest Lego creation. He handles her well. 

Brayden and Kaitlyn absolutely love each other. Kaitlyn was gone for a couple of days visiting my in-laws and Brayden was seriously lost without her. She lives without him each day, but he is used to her always being there. When she came home, they hugged for several minutes and both got teary eyed. She would call and say, “Hi Mom. Can I talk to Brayden?” They are best friends. 

SCHOOL

School is going well. There haven’t been any issues.

PIANO

Brayden loves the piano. He loves to play. For his first recital, he did three songs all from memory. At his recital, there were about 90-100 people there. He is either too confident to be nervous or too young to know he should be nervous. But once he sat down, his mind went totally blank and he needed help, but then he was just fine. He is almost to the point that I can’t really help him anymore because he is moving beyond my knowledge. 

CHAPTER BOOKS

We are still enjoying our chapter books. We have now read several of the Narnia books, two Harry Potter books, Magic Treehouse books (which I think he is now bored with) and several others. One simple series he is liking right now is the Pee-Wee Scouts series. 

SOCCER

Soccer season is about to end. It is so interesting to see how much they have improved in just two years playing. He has had a lot of fun. 

DENTIST

We had a dentist visit during this period and things went well. He was good for his x-rays and good for his cleaning. Nice and simple.

TALKING

Brayden talks a lot, but he isn’t one to divulge deep personal feelings freely. I don’t know if it is an age thing, a boy thing, or a personality thing. I have to spend a big chunk of time with him to start to get real feelings out of him. I constantly ask him how his day was, what he did, who he played with, and I get one-word answers back. But if we spend a few hours running errands or if he helps me clean the bathrooms, then after a while, he starts talking. I share this to help you think in terms of “quantity time” to get information from your children. Time gets them comfortable enough to start sharing what is in their hearts.

CONCERNS

Concerns with this age group…for me concerns are all around moral choices. He isn’t old enough for them to be morality (happily–those will be harder parenting days!). They are about being nice, playing nicely, etc. We have our teaching moments (like not telling the neighbor girl you are tired of playing with girls), but we also have our triumphs (like telling the neighbor boy that no, he will not dump sand all over McKenna’s head because she is his sister and he loves her).

I am glad my concerns are not over things like food or sleeping. I am glad we faced those concerns in the younger years so I can focus more on developing things like good morals and good work ethic in his current years.

SCHEDULE

Here is our weekday schedule:

7:00–get up. Read scripture stories. Shower. Get ready. Eat breakfast.
9:00–at school.

12:30–eat lunch. Then play with siblings.

2:00–Go outside to play.

3:30–homework and piano

4:00–independent playtime.

5:00–play with siblings until dinner

5:30–dinner. Then family time.

8:00–in bed

Sometimes homework and piano comes before outside time. Other things we do include learning activities, SSR, and chores. I am sure there are others.

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4 Comments

  1. Kristin
    June 1, 2011 / 10:15 PM

    This was a cute post. You are very good at noticing and reporting on the "little things" your kids do and their personalities – and relating them to the big picture. I always enjoy reading these summaries!

  2. Laura
    June 2, 2011 / 11:54 AM

    That is too precious about Brayden and Kaitlyn!! Thanks again for the reminder to enjoy every moment!

  3. Plowmanators
    June 20, 2011 / 5:35 PM

    Thanks Kristin and Laura!

  4. Kristy Powers
    August 23, 2011 / 11:26 PM

    I think about that now, too. Thanks to the BW series but also just as much to your blog and email group, I feel like sleep and eating and independent playing habits are all laid as a foundation so that we can work on the next important things to come up.

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