July has kicked in and with it the refreshing storms. School is out and – for once – we’re not going anywhere. This time last year, we were back in the UK and most years we seem to have been somewhere other than at LAMB for the summer vacation. It’s great not rushing around but now we have the opposite problem – what to do with the kids?
Bangladesh isn’t a land full of educational opportunity, nor one where many are able to pursue hobbies. For the majority here, life is too much of a daily struggle for such things. We don’t have quite that struggle ourselves but we do have the issue of there being nothing for the kids to do. No clubs, parks, or activity schemes. Nothing.
TV would be one wonderful answer but ours broke recently after lightning came through the aerial cable and fried it. We’re still waiting to see if it will ever live again but the dokan outside LAMB has had it for weeks with little progress. But then, reading other blogs around the world, it would seem that TV, computer games and the like aren’t the answer anyway. Kids still get bored. Maybe it’s just as well then, that we’ve never encouraged that to be the answer and have always limited the amount of “screen time”.
LAMB may be in the middle of nowhere, but it does a have a pukur, a pool to swim in (along with the snakes, fish and shrimp that live there too) but it is still a little shallow and needs a bit more rain before we can make use. Maybe at the end of the month.
Both son and daughter have music practice to do each day, so that takes up an hour. My daughter and I have completed our third day of writing our novels and have about 6,000 words done so far but, again, that’s just another hour. I read some Horrible Histories magazines with them some of the time, which is great fun AND educational and we all have Bangla lessons at least once a week. After that though, it’s a struggle. Ki Korbo? What to do?
I can’t spend all my time with them as I have work to do for school and 20,000 words of MA essays to write – plus my three book projects which are long overdue. Isn’t ADHD wonderful?! My long-suffering wife works full time at Rehab so, she can’t do much but she gives special time to each kid when she gets home.
Our most successful trick, however, is that we’ve given my fellow ADHD boy a timetable each day which has helped tremendously. He sticks to the list and does nothing for more than an hour so he doesn’t lose concentration…much. That’s good. Saves me from killing him.
We’ll muddle through – but give us a thought next time you’re complaining about summer vacations and how your own kids sit around with nothing to do. I bet they have really.