Well, the new season is upon us, even though it came *really* early this year. I’ve been trying to avoid it, since I was not at all prepared for spring yet, but apparently it is here to stay. So let’s talk about the challenges of changing seasons.
Challenge Number 1; Changing out the clothing. This is such a huge issue that we actually try to take several weeks to deal with it. First we have the never-ending “that’s his shirt, that’s my shirt” problem that comes with having boys that are very close in age…they aren’t really ready to pass those clothes down yet, but it must be done! But more importantly, we have the sensory problem that comes with going from long-sleeves to short-sleeves, long pants to shorts, and socks and shoes to sandals. Really, this seems like something easy, but it just isn’t. When their arms are used to having a texture on them all the time, and now they are bare, their skin crawls. Same for the legs. And we JUST got Booga to find socks that he likes, and will keep on, and now we’re telling him to stop wearing socks and wear different shoes. Different shoes are ALWAYS trouble. And these shoes have holes in them. Just thinking about it makes him spin.
So far, Squirt is doing quite well with the adjustment this year. Although I’m beginning to think that she enjoys having her skin bared, and the trouble for her will be in the fall this year, layering back on top. She really doesn’t like layering…
Booga, well, we’ve gotten him in short-sleeves. Keep in mind that the weather has been warm (70’s to 80’s!!) for about 3 weeks now. The first week, he still insisted on wearing sweatpants and fleece shirts. T-shirts were a big adjustment, but I finally unearthed some robot shirts and others that he was excited about. Of course, now we are going through the phase of wanting to wear the same shirt for 6 days straight, for sleeping and all, and not wanting Mommy to ever have time to wash it, but that’s another problem for another day. He’s not dying in the heat anymore, I’ll take what I can get. We’ve also managed to wear sandals, but that might just be because he doesn’t actually leave them on for very long, he mostly goes barefoot, which is his preferred mode anyway. Shorts, on the other hand, are a fight for another day. We’ll get there before it hits 90…I hope.
Challenge Number 2: Outdoor play, and more importantly, limits. No, at 4, you cannot go riding your little bike with it’s training wheels around the block by yourself. No, my dear 9-year-old, you cannot live in the tree, you must come inside and do homework. The outdoors is one of the most effective therapy tools I have for my children, but they sometimes love it just a little too much. And forget the rules. And Booga has a serious lack-of-feeling issue that means I am already pulling splinters out of his little feet because he runs everywhere barefoot and doesn’t feel the thorns.
Challenge Number 3: BEDTIME! Always an issue in our house, but when that clock changes and the sun is still up, going to bed is like being tortured. So, although I promised myself the kids would be getting up on time and riding the bus to school this month, today is the first time in 3 weeks that it has happened. Because we are all still wandering around the house at 9 (or later) having been put to bed over an hour ago. The excuses are getting more creative every day, but creativity does not help the sleeping! So the long bedtime routine must return, but that will have to wait til Daddy gets back, because it’s not something I can handle by myself.
So this is what Spring means in my house. My favorite season; new life, warm weather, new flowers, time to be outdoors…now it just has some new challenges to meet, too.