Dog Days of Summer

It has been an eventful summer so far! Mostly because we have been riding the roller coaster that is a four year old’s emotions, but fingers crossed we’re almost over that hill. I’ve been trying to keep him close to the schedule that he is on at school and keep him entertained/working, but I think he’s getting bored so I’ve been on the hunt for kid-friendly activities in our area. For the first time, I’m seeing lots of options for us and that is very exciting! Here’s what we’ve got lined up so far.

Swimming Lessons- Hayden has decided that he LOVES the water. He’s never been a big fan until this year, but now he can’t get enough so we’ve decided to put him in swimming lessons! One of the preschool teachers at his school teaches one-on-one lessons and I think it’s going to be a perfect fit. He is already familiar with her and she knows all about him and what makes him tick. Could there be a better way to introduce him to swimming lessons?! I don’t think so. I’m going to need a Xanax to stop worrying about him choking on water and “dry drowning”, but he won’t be scared anymore and that is what’s important.

Swimming

Play Dates- This is such a Duh-activity, but we haven’t done too many play dates before now. With Hayden’s delays, he’s never been really interested in playing with other kids and all the extra commotion could get overwhelming for him. It was also very stressful for us. Seeing Hayden next to a normally-developing kid would send us into an anxiety haze for days afterwards. It was like a spotlight on how far behind he was and what all he should be able to do by now. On top of getting really discouraged, it also brought back the fears that maybe there was more going on with him than we knew. We’ve had some people come visit with their kids and that’s been great, and he’s gotten a lot better at playing with the kids in his class at school this year.  My goal is to do at least one a week with different friends and make sure he is still getting that interaction. There is also a new private school in our area that offers a day camp and we have decided to enroll little man twice a week.  This will be great to get him out of the house for a bit and make sure he is still getting a chance to play with other kids his age.

Movies- We’ve never taken H to a movie before because, I’m not sure if you know this, movies are LOUD. The thought of trying to get him to sit in a theatre and not completely panic makes me slightly panicky so we’ve avoided that battle so far, but we took him to his very first one this morning! I found out that one of the movie theaters here shows kids movies once a week and today they played one of his favorites. We took him and fully expected to have to leave pretty quickly, but he did awesome! That fabulous kid lasted the WHOLE MOVIE! I can’t describe both the excitement and calm I felt watching him eat his popcorn and giggling at the movie. Today, he was just like any other kid and that felt awesome.

1st Movie 1
Movie theaters do NOT offer the best selfie lighting, but oh well

I think it’s going to be an exciting summer of trying new things with Hayden and pushing him outside of his comfort zone. Doing so will force me out of my bubble a bit too and that’s never a bad thing.  I want Hayden to enjoy trying new things and exploring his independence. He can get so fearful about new experiences so hopefully this encourages him and gives him some more confidence in his abilities. If you’re in the Emerald Coast or Tallahassee areas, be sure to check out Fun 4 Emerald Coast Kids! I recently discovered them on Facebook, and I love seeing all the different activities going on around town. Let me know what fun and exciting new things you have planned for your kids this summer! Find me on Facebook and Instagram. Have a great week!

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