I’m back at work and kids back at daycare. We like our jobs and kids love their daycare. But, again, I find the evenings too short for everything that would be fun to do. Somehow we end up doing the same old and just enjoying the sushine. And we love it.
But isn’t that the one thing kids really like, repetition?! They don’t seem to get old of reading the same books over and over again. When asked, they prefer going to the same beach (although our son loved the beach at the end of Kallahdentie in Vuosaari when us parents wanted a change. It is very shallow and one can easily walk to small islands. I ended up running around with the almost 4 yo for about 30 minutes because he loved the splashing. Simple, free and fun for him and everyone who saw his joy. There is a nice climbing frame too, in case you are up to a little trip within Helsinki too) or outdoor pool, the same playgrounds (but if you, like me, sometimes need a change, then you may find some options by checking out the category playgrounds) and just playing outside and riding bikes (and that, folks, is a big one for us right now as even my younger one has learnt to ride a pedal bike without training wheels. Bikes, what a great investment).
What about us parents? Well, we repeat as well: barbecues, picking and eating berries, and friends summarises it pretty well. We even had a great get together with my old study mates in Seurasaari doing that (yes, the same old place we’ve been to in the midst of the dark of Autumn too. Repetition). it is pretty amazing: 18 years ago there was 5 of us starting our studies at the uni. Now we are scattered around Europe and when we all meet, once or twice a year, there is more than 20 of us.
I like repeating my favourite mum-is-tired-after-work games too, hairdressing and massage. Pretty funny to hear “Mum is faster at making braids because she has had several hundred years of practice”…
Another thing we stick to, is our routine of a bedtime story. However, it is not just one bedtime story any more but three. We all choose one book or story, and I love the way even the youngest one now is happy to sit and listen to stories that have more text than pictures. I have started to read some of the stories my parents read to me as a child, some of them have even been read to my mum when she was young. Priceless. Currently getting to know more of Astrid Lindgren’s books, so beloved by all kids in Scandinavia (The Children of the Noisy Village, Karlsson on the Roof, Madicken…). Oh, and guess how I felt when my daughter asked me when we finally could revisit the library? We haven’t been there since we moved (apart from the one we went to in Oulu on a rainy day)… but back to the basics it is!
Shortly, things are plain and that feels good!
However, we may have to get a little out of the normal the next few days. There certainly is enough to choose from in Helsinki:
- The NIght of the Arts on Thursday
- Helsinki Night Market on Thursday and Friday in Teurastamo
- Torikortteleiden katujuhla – Street fair between the main Market and the Senate Square on Saturday
- KinoKivinokka – Free outdoor movies on the beach on Saturday
- Lasten Runokuu at Annantalo free poem and arts workshops for children 0-8 years on Sunday