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I do it!

24th April 2008

I do it!

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My life as a mother has reached a new phase. I’ve been trying to deny it, which has caused a lot of fuss, because it requires a lot more time and effort on my part.

Our second daughter, Cutie, age 2.5, now wants to make her sandwich by herself. Precious, age 4.5, often makes her pb&j all by herself and does a decent job of it. But of course that’s because she’s been practicing. She wasn’t always like that. But with my first child I had more time. I didn’t have two other children crawling or walking along the floor making other messes. But when Cutie told me again today that she wanted to make her own sandwich, like big sister did, I had to really force myself to say “Okay” and then take the time to show her how to do it. And then watch her take 10 minutes to spread the peanut butter. I’m not kidding. Precious had already finished her sandwich by the time Cutie was ready to spread the jam. And then I wiped enough peanut butter off the counter to make another sandwich.

I’ve been evaluating this current stage for a few days. I’ve known that things were changing and that our Cutie was ready for some more training. But I’ve been resisting it. A LOT. I just haven’t wanted to take the time to train her to do more things. But more than that I haven’t wanted to take the time to follow up and inspect what she’s done. Because if I don’t take the time to inspect what the children have done they are never going to learn to do it properly.

I know, I know, a little bit of time invested now will reap amazing benefits in the years to come. But time isn’t something I seem to have a lot of right now!!

Anyway. Cutie made her sandwich, ate it proudly. And I imagine that tomorrow she’ll want to do it again. And hopefully each time she’ll get a little better and I won’t have to take stock in a peanut butter company.

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