I love Tuesdays. For me, it is the coolest and steadiest day of the week. I still have a lot of time to catch up on my weekly tasks and cross out items on my to do list.
When my husband and I were discussing our weekly schedule, he knew that I would choose Tuesday to be my “free day”. Free day means I should do everything to block any work from my schedule and spend the whole day with our son Rio. I promised to myself (note:not to Rio!) that Tuesdays should be spent outdoors with my almost “taong-bahay” little boy. If there are stay-at-home-moms, I have a play-at-home-child who spends most of the week playing with me or his lola just inside the house.
Honestly,I feel guilty that we do not plan regular outdoor activities for our son. Sometimes I feel that we are depriving him the joy of discovering so many things beyond the corners of our little space. Good thing, we have already lined up a few places to visit for our field trips this year.
Tuesdays with Nanay
How does my favorite day of the week look like?
I won’t dwell on our bahay moments and activities. Tuesday mornings are just spent preparing for our afternoon date. Everything is done a little earlier than usual so we can leave the house a few minutes after lunch. I have a few favorite Tuesday moments with Rio. Here are some of them:
- I love our jeepney rides.
Jeepney rides become more exciting for us when we reach the highway and the super curious boy identifies all the kinds of vehicles on the road. Tanker truck, cement mixer, delivery van, dump trucks and a lot more. Our ride becomes extra special when we get to see the train pass by (Philippine National Railway trains) or we spot some bulldozers, backhoes or cranes in construction sites along the way. I remember the game that I used to play with my cousins to fight off long hours of commuting. We give meanings to the letters of car plates or add the digits of the plate numbers! Nerds!
- Mathemagis time for Rio, Me-time for Nanay
We enrolled Rio in Mathemagis this year to help us introduce numbers and other important Math concepts appropriate for his level. I plan to write a separate post about our Mathemagis experience and the very helpful points I learned on how to creatively teach Singapore Math to preschoolers.
As expected, we chose a Tuesday schedule for our Mathemagis session. Rio enjoys one hour of Math activities with his teacher while I wait for him outside his room. This one hour waiting time becomes an instant me-time for Nanay! The moment Rio enters his classroom, I bring out my “baon”. It can be a book (read an unfinished book), blogging notebook (write outlines for future blog posts) or just my smartphone ( browse the pages of Zalora’s Marketplace to look for summer shirts and birthday outfit for my little boy!)
Time is up! Where do we go after Mathemagis?
- Merienda at the food court!
What do I look forward to after Rio’s class? The short walk from the center to the mall’s food court! “Nanay, you’re too slow!” I try to walk faster and keep up with this super active boy’s pace. Instead of using the escalator we take the ramp for grocery carts. It just drives my boy wild as we transform into his favorite monster trucks crashing and running super fast!
Tuesday afternoons are also french fries and catsup time! Oh yes, we let our boy eat fast food junk (guilty!) and drink soda too ( more guilt!). While he enjoys his fries, I savor my favorite P50 suman latik and brewed coffee! Sarap!
- Playing sand in the playground!
We go to the playground because Rio wants to put dirt (sand!) in his dump truck or cement mixer! He keeps on asking me to go to the park not to enjoy the slide but to play with sand and his trucks!
I really enjoy watching Rio get dirty and sweaty in the playground instead of running in our small space at home. Last Tuesday, we went to Legaspi Park near Amorsolo Street in Makati after Mathemagis and the playground was all ours! Of course I was wishing that we get to meet other kids in the playground so Rio can socialize and make friends too. Nevertheless, Rio had a great time dumping sand in his cement mixer all by himself.
The best thing about bringing your kids in the park is you can have unlimited playtime without spending a single centavo! Enjoy na, libre pa!
That’s how we spend our Tuesdays. How about you Nanays? What’s your favorite day of the week and how do you spend it with your kids?
Some readings on mother and son bonding : ( I’ll update the links from time to time)
Why the mother and son bond is special + 8 ways to strengthen it by Tina Rodriguez (Smart Parenting)
26 Lessons Your Son’s Future Spouse Will Thank You for Teaching Him by Suzanne Fleet ( Huffington Post)