Monday, October 01, 2007
One thing I really love about football season is that it gives me an opportunity to spend time with my two youngest kids while the two older ones are at practice. Friday was a beautiful day, and the boys were going to go to the high school game after practice, so I took a rare opportunity to take the little ones out for dinner and some playground time. It was a lot of fun! It's not very often that I get time alone with any of the kids, so it's always nice when they get some undivided attention. It's nice for me, too, to get to connect with them one on one (or two on one, like Friday) and really get to enjoy being with them without having my attention scattered across a larger group.
Jonathan is growing up so fast! Just yesterday he was so tiny, and now he's running around the playground like his older sister. There wasn't a single part of the playground that he didn't at least try to tackle on his own. When I would try to help him, he would look at me with a stern face and say "Mommy, STOP!"
That's kind of how it is to be a parent. You have to learn when to help (even if it's not needed) and when to back off and let them do things on their own -- sometimes at the risk of getting hurt. Kids need independence, but it's sometimes really difficult to stand down.