I’m starting to understand something about meeting needs.
With children ranging from age 12 to almost 5 I’m not able to meet everyone’s needs all the time.
Activities that engage @ 5 will routinely bore the 12yo.
Activities that engage @ 12 might leave the younger two with no outlet for their energy.
So I’m working on juggling all of it — as best I can.
So one day I take the younger two to an indoor play place knowing that the next day the 12yo will be going to a homeschool meetup with kids his own age.
I leave someone home (with work-at-home papa) while I take volunteers to go shopping. I leave a ‘little’ (or two) @ home while eldest & I go to the library.
I won’t say that the juggling is easy–especially when considering the goal of making sure that no one feels bored or left out.
So far all reports are good. 🙂
There’s a quick photo-romp through two-thirds of November here in attachlings-land.
We’ve been so busy — but not with empty-busyness. We’ve been engaged in so many wonderful projects and with so many destinations. Many of these projects and destinations were so enveloping that there was neither time nor motivation to bring out the camera.
I find, perhaps paradoxically, that the more contentedly engaged we are in our lives the less motivation I have to blog about it. And the less occupied, the more I want to blog. Daily blogging, then, seems to offer me a warning that our lives are not engaging enough. With that in mind I can look back on the less-blog-rich November 2011 as one where we were very, very happy indeed.