I asked my tween to make the list of things she could do around the house this summer during the hours I'm working. Working from home with an early tween on the premises is an interesting proposition, and my hope was that she could refer to the list instead of me for ideas to keep her from being bored. Some tweens are scheduled to the hilt. We have activities this summer, but she's not occupied all day, every day with activities outside the home.
I don't think my tween is familiar with the Monkees or that she was all that impacted by the passing of Davy Jones in February, but perhaps one item on her list of summer activities was a tribute to him.
She listed: DAYDREAM.
It made me think about the Monkee's song "Daydream Believer."
I was sad at first that she had to include "daydream" on a to do list. The more I think about it, the more I'm okay with it. She said that she could use it to imagine herself doing different jobs when she's older. That seems like a great thing for a child to do over the summer.
I'm gratified that she believes in the power of imagination, and that she sees value in taking time to think about things. I hope I've encouraged her to do those things, but I don't know that I've been good at marketing them. "Daydream" sounds infinitely more fun than "make a career plan."
Apparently, she's a daydream believe. She's made me one, too.