Does anyone feel like some summertime family snuck into their house in the dead of night and sprinkled some I-don't-wanna dust all over their children? Maybe it's just our house, what with the onslaught of family vacations, uprooted schedules, ridiculously hot weather and hosting the family reunion in our house with 12 guests last week.
Whenever I've managed to get WonderGirl to play violin or piano with me for our guests, it's obvious her memory and technique have taken a vacation as well. I've been at my wits end with her with most things lately. Today marks the first day where our lives are slightly back to normal, and I expected some whining on both sides of the lessons (I'm not perfect!) - until I remembered my greatest idea ever (I can't take credit, I know it was divinely inspired!)
I grabbed 5 chocolate chips and put them in a bowl beside us, and we did mainly review on on both piano and violin. It was a WG I hadn't seen in weeks! She was disciplined, obedient and adventurous. I really do need to remember when things feel like they are slipping out of control to get back to the basics - that making the medicine/practicing go down easily always goes better with some sugar!