If you've read my post called Intervention? Part 2, you are aware that my husband and daughter have a somewhat tumultuous relationship. They love each other, but have an interesting way of communicating with each other.
Lately I have been thinking about the summer, and the fall, and have started to look into options for summer camp, and so forth. We are new members of the YMCA, so I spent some time the other day looking into their programs for kids. Finding programs my daughter will participate in is somewhat challenging, as she consistently says she won't go unless I go with her. Programs designed for kids her age are mostly without a parent. (She's 5) So I was very excited to find a program at the Y for kids ages 5-9 WITH a parent or significant adult. It is called Adventure Guides. It's held once a week for an hour in the late afternoon, and it states "...you will have the opportunity to develop a stronger relationship with your child..." The focus is on "...family, nature, community, fun..." which couldn't be more suited for our nature girl. I immediately thought it would be a great class to sign her up for. My second thought was that it would be a great opportunity for my hubby and daughter to bond and have some fun together.
When my hubby called from work that day, I told him about the class. He was all over it.
I told my daughter about it after school-she flat out refused to go with hubby.
Shoot!! I think it's a great opportunity. But I'm stuck between making her go with him and sending her the message that she has no say in the matter and no control, but also gives her a much needed opportunity to spend quality time with her papa and have some fun together...and either dropping it altogether, or, as she prefers, just going with her myself. Part of me wants to push her to go with him, and hubby feels that way, too. She'd get her head around it and would adjust. But I am also aware that it could backfire, and just cause more issues between the two of them.
An interesting note to add is that when I went online to register, I couldn't find that particular class. I sent an email to the contact person and haven't heard back. Perhaps it's a sign...
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