Thursday, July 19, 2012

Seasons Change

There are seasons in life, as we all know. Listing them would take me all day, but I don't think I really need to.  For a while now, I have been in the season of loving and playing with this little boy.
That particular season will never be over, but it may change a bit. As he gets older, he gets wiser, and quicker, and grows more into the person he will eventually become. I never thought my role in this would be as strong as it is. Yes, I knew I'd be responsible for teaching him things. About God, about love, sharing, responsibility...all the things that you would normally think a grandparent would do. I find that my role will be a little more complicated than that.

You see, this child is a sponge. A very intelligent sponge. And since he is with me almost as much as he is his parents, I have to fill that sponge with education, love, thinking skills....well, you get the idea.

Yesterday, I had long discussions with three people whose opinion I respect. And after a very long day of no nap with Mr. LMW, it was decided that we will no longer be forcing naptime. Instead, I will have to work toward a more structured plan for the days he is with me. That means using pre-school activities and learning tools.

I am 50+ and it's hard for me to go back like this. I don't begrudge the chore, actually I feel needed and blessed to be able to do it. I'm worried though. Worried that I can't hold up to it, worried that I will not succeed at it, worried that it just simply won't work for us. This is where I have to go to God for major help.

If you would be so kind, remember us in your prayers. I need guidance, I need patience, I need ideas and most of all, I need energy. Just thinking about all this makes me tired. God grant me what I need, when I need it. And may LMW and I have a grand time learning about life together!


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Sendiing you a web list that might help.

Linda said...

First=relax and trust yourself. Look at your daughter, you did a great job.
Spending the time reading, singing, baking, telling stories, building with large blocks,and just loving him will have a major impact in his life. Remember to use this time to make memories!

When you are building with the blocks talk about the colors, count them, build towers, always use descriptive words. i.e. over, under, in, out.

When reading to him reread the same books several times. While reading leave off the end word in the sentence and wait for him to supply the word.

Do the same thing with nonsense rhyming words.

I will hold you in prayer.

Hillbilly Tonya said...

God gave him to you to care for part time because He knew you were the person to do it.

Just follow your heart on the what and how and God will show you.

No, certainly not easy. Had a pretty tough day here myself. Just wanted to curl up and cry this morning when I had fever, chills (yes a monthly thing and I've not even 'begun' yet...) and yet I did what God gave us women the strength to do...put one foot in front of the other, grab out those learning games and worksheets and mold that little boy.

Thankfully we do still take naptimes. Only he goes to bed around 11 at night now.