It’s summer time and the boys are out of school and are attending a gymnastics summer day camp. However, I would be remiss in my duties as a parent if I didn’t keep them progressing academically and so they have to read for 15 minutes in the morning and then again for 15 minutes in the afternoon. On other days, in a more informal way we work on math concepts.
Yesterday, my youngest decided he didn’t want to read. Nope…he wouldn’t have it. Just wasn’t interested. No matter what I did. So I figured I had outsmarted him for when the nanny walked in I immediately told her, with him standing right there, that he wouldn’t read today and therefore could not go to play time in the park (They generally have play time in the neighborhood park from about 4:30-6pm). Well he welled up with tears and I thought to myself that he will definitely not try that again.
So when he went to the park, he had to take his book with him and instead of playing…he had to sit there and read…watching all the other children play. Later the nanny told me that she asked him why he wouldn’t read and he told her he was too excited to read. When she told me…I must admit to having one of those “did I do the right thing moments”.
This morning however, I expected things to go back to normal but guess what? He wouldn’t read again…Just not interested. He sat there and played with the book the entire time. So I told him this time…instead he would not be allowed to take his bike out as planned.
But the truth is, I don’t know why he’s deciding to be difficult on this topic. I have asked him a number of times if he wants to tell me about it and he said no. The books he has I know are appropriate for his skill level. I know its summer and all he wants to do is play and do gymnastics but I have got to think beyond that. So, in the end…I am silently hoping that tomorrow he will give in and will do his reading as he has been doing for the past month.
Yet a tiny piece of me knows him well…and this battle of wills is not over. It is just beginning and I have many more years ahead of me!