Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jan13_FYDD1

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!

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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!

Jan13_FYDD5We rode on the railroad… twice.

Jan13_FYDD4…Checked a new playground with an “almost real” airplane

Jan13_FYDD6Played in the mud…

Jan13_FYDD7Saw lots of birds of all kinds…

Jan13_FYDD8More fun at home – mini-Olympics of Anna’s design – with volleyball, soccer, cartwheels, jumping jacks, bike riding and rules rigged to make her a winner.

Jan13_FYDD9Following your dreams is exhausting. After a dinner in her favorite Japanese restaurant, daughter was ready for bed rather early…

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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!

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7 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

What a great idea! Hmm, I guess I have to plan for four of these days in a year?

Debbie said...

We do this here on occasions. Selena doesn't organize the entire day like Anna has in her list, but it is fun to see how she would spend her day if she was the one in charge. Our days usually do not differ much from our "rigid" routine.

Sarah said...

That is such a wonderful idea. I love it. I'll have to try it sometime! It sounds like you two had a great day.

Joyful Learner said...

That's wonderful! In Korea, they have a day designated just for children. It's called Children's Day and it falls right before Parents' Day.

Julie said...

I LOVE this idea, but I actually am thinking it would be so nice to give each of my kids a day of their own where we can do whatever they want. Of course, C would probably just want us to leave him alone so he could play video games all day!

Erica MomandKiddo said...

What a great day! I hope you get a nap soon. :)

Ticia said...

Oh my would Princess ever love this! So dangerous though.