BUT because he's a rambunctious lad of eight, his thoughtfulness is not always there as he whacks me across the back with a sword or pounces on me from the bed, or falls on me when he plays dead after a sword fight.
I have to admit.. there are times when I wish I wasn't a 48 year old woman! Oh my... I"m NOT in shape, I'm not physically always strong or up to sudden tackles and I talk much with my lad about BEING careful, DON'T hurt me, but I don't want him to be afraid of just loving up on his mom in the manner in which boys love up on their moms.
I don't want to quash his spirit or his willingness to just be a boy who is full of life and laughter and conversation and joie de vive (if I have my french right).
I find it a bit of a challenge sometimes to say "I love you to son but you need to stop it". But I don't want to say stop it to him all the time and sometimes that's how I feel. That I am always saying stop it, enough now. I'm raising a singleton who doesn't have other children close by to run off energy and boyness with, so how do I help a lad do that?
I don't always know and am looking for suggestions.
This afternoon I had him run up and down the stairs 10 times.
I have him sit on a exercise ball when we do book work.. which sometimes has some interesting results. :)
But what else can I do with a boy who likes to be physically involved with a mom who isn't always up to the challenge? (He's SO not into sports so that's not an option for me, not that we can afford to put him into a regular sports event).
I don't want to quash his spirit, I just want to manage his exuberance just a little.
Any thoughts out there?