I'd love to hear your thoughts on my 10 year old and her intense need to know what's happening with our daily activities. It's been kind of driving me nuts all summer and now other family members are noticing, which got me thinking that maybe I should look into it a bit.
Basically, DC obsesses over what we're doing each day, what we're doing next, when we're doing what, what it will be like and etc. She recently remarked that she's looking forward to going back to school so she will know what's happening each day. We've basically done fun things every day all summer long so it's not as if there is something she needs to dread.
Because of the nature of this summer with family visiting, needing to stay flexible for the needs and wants of younger children and guests, it is difficult for me to tell her exactly what's happening each day. She also tends to want to hold me to what I say, which makes me reluctant to tell her if I'm not sure.
Also, she seems to be preoccupied with what's happening next. She can ask a hundred times when we're going to the zoo and (it feels to me) as soon as we get there, she's looking for the next thing. I will admit that it's kind of annoying.
I have found myself wishing that she could be "in the moment" more.
I have been attributing this to just the difference in lifestyle from the school year (she attends traditional school) to the lax flow of the summer. I also think she may have a case of what I call the summer gimmies (where you get so much stuff and get to do so much stuff that you come to expect "stuff" all the time).
But now I'm wondering if there's more to it - perhaps there is some developmental stage that can help shed some light on what's going on. I'd love to hear if any of your older children do this, if you know of any developmental issues that may be going on and any tips you have for dealing with this.