When Anna and I put some special day on January calendar, I remembered reading about Follow Your Dream Day. I suggested this to Anna, and she reacted as if I just handed her the best possible present ever. She was wildly excited and immediately said that she has only one dream – to be fully in charge all day and decide what we will do. My husband (who was preparing to leave on his long trip to Germany) chuckled and told me I am so going to regret this. I was regretting it already, but told Anna, OK, but you have to have a plan. She took several days (I announced a FYDD day) a week before its time, and produced a very detailed plan that very emphatically said, No nap for mama and no computer for mama without my permission!
Luckily for me, the plan was substantially revised when our friends invited us to join them in the local park. They had a birthday party for their 2 year old in that park, and still had a lot of tickets for carousel rides and a little railroad that goes around the park. Unlimited carousel rides? How is that for Follow Your Dreams Day? Of course, Anna said yes!
My husband was wrong, after all. I didn’t regret letting Anna be in charge for a day. This was the stuff memories are made of – no set agendas, no rush, no power struggles, having a blissfully happy daughter all day. The best part for me was to just look at the world through the eyes of my 6 year old and try to enjoy it as much as she did. Anna now wants to make this day monthly, but agreed to yearly. I am pretty sure she will remember it as one of the biggest holidays of the year!
The Educators' Spin On It & Little Wonders' Day
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