Well, we made to Amarillo, Texas. Day three was a good day, despite the tablet being dead. We did have more pit stops that I was hoping for, but I am learning to be more accepting of those extra stops. I did have a hard time with the “Hey Pops, I need to go potty”, literally as we were pulling back on to the interstate, from a pit stop. Overall, Sebellah did very well adjusting to life on the road with no tablet.
Day 4, is a planned day of respite from the road for both of us. Sebellah needed a break from her car seat and Pops needed a break from driving. I think days and weekends of respite is important for all of us, especially, grandparents raising a grandchild. We need days when we can refuel and get our individual adult needs met.
Lolli was kind and ordered a kindle version of Love and Logic for me. I definitely need the Love and Logic reminders as we journey across the country. One of the main principles that I need to continue to work on is allowing Sebellah to face the natural challenges and consequences of life. I tend to try and prevent as many as possible, thinking that is in her best interest. Of course, it is not. She will only learn as I allow her to face those challenges and to even experience the pain when she fails. I also need to not predict what she cannot do. I know that I often, with safety in mind, say, “Sebellah, don’t do that or you can’t do that”. I realize that by doing that I am actually handicapping her more than equipping her. So, I am working on that. This trip is a great place to practice that, especially when watching her play on new playground equipment, for example.
So, today, we are enjoying a day of respite from the road. I am thankful for the opportunity to have this experience and adventure. Tomorrow, it is back on the road and off to Oklahoma.
Sharing the Journey,