My daughter just turned 7. Up until kindergarten, we were together 24/7. Being my own boss, I was able to take her everywhere, including to all of my design business meetings (I have the best clients in the world!). I know being able to work from home with my child is a luxury, and not everyone is able to; and despite the change in household income (admittedly, I miss a regular paycheck and benefits), my hubby and I agreed this was a sacrifice we are willing to make. During my daughter's extra curricular activities (gym, art, science, dance), I would stay in the room (if permitted) or typically, just outside the door. I even brought my laptop to the country club to work during summer camp there, so I could change her in a stall after swim class (while all the kids were piled into changing rooms with teenage camp counselors). I am always the ONLY parent hanging around. Well, despite the eye rolls, my hubby and I were happy that I could be there for her - ALWAYS (and as challenging as it was, it would be impossible if we had more kids).
Then she entered kindergarten (traumatic for us helicopter parents), but it is an amazing school and she loved it! Luckily, the children wear gym uniforms on gym days - no changing required (phew!) Then summer camp at her school...I made a point to be there to change her in a stall for swim class....this worked for awhile, up until they told me I was no longer permitted. Since I couldn't be there, we would not allow her to swim, and thankfully, my kid was cool with it, and the school accommodating. My daughter loves art, so she was the teacher's assistant in art class for younger kids during her group's swim class. We managed, and it all worked out.
First grade was the same, no changing at school. Phew. But now we are entering summer camp again. She really wants to swim this year, but they moved the "locker room" to a class room, so there are no stalls. We do not want her changing in front of strangers (after years of pounding in her head about keeping her body private). So as I lay in bed, I wondered if there are any kind of pop-up changing tents. I googled it, and yes- there are! And I realize, they are very similar to her pop-up play tent we have at home (I think it was only $10). So I am going to bring it today. It's easy to set up, she can change in it, and other kids can use it, too. I don't know how this will go over, but if she is going to swim, they must allow her to change in private. Otherwise, no swimming. I am hoping I can get away with it for camp, but I am not sure what to do for second grade this Fall when they have to change after swim class (yes, they have a pool at the Main Campus, where she is moving to). I am going to see if we can still bring the tent.
|Here is the pop-up tent/"hideaway" I plan to use in the locker room. Easy setup, and my kiddo can change in private.|
I will let you know how it goes. Now you know why they call me Crazy Mama!