Friday, April 11, 2008

Mommy Time

As parents, it doesn't take us long to figure out no two of our children are the same. They are different. And that is good. Different temperament, different interests, different likes, dislikes....and more. My two girls are no exception.

The oldest is very independent. Always has been. (Some would say she's like her mother.) She's content to be by herself. Now, that's not to say that she doesn't spend time with friends and family but she's perfectly happy if she's the only one around. She's happy to read a book, listen to music or find other ways to amuse herself. She has the ability to make herself laugh and smile. And I think it's wonderful. She can be her own best friend and that is a fabulous quality.

Our second is more like her father. She prefers to have someone close by. She can keep herself busy but only for a short while. And that's ok too. She is always more than happy to have some time with mommy. And that's ok with me for I know the years of having her at home are numbered and before long she'll have other things to fill her time with.

This girl and I have an evening ritual. We read together.

On a perfect day it's lights out for her at 9:30pm. So at 9:00 we settle into her bed with a good book and read for about 20 minutes. Currently we're reading this...

Nancy Drew was a very good friend of mine years ago. I spent many hours with her on adventures and it gives me great pleasure in sharing them with my daughter. (Oh, and this is something I did with my oldest daughter too.)

There's nothing better than sharing a good story and some quiet time together at the end of the day.

1 comment:

Kate said...

What a nice ritual. My 8 year old loves Nancy Drew, and I was just thinking the other day that it would be nice to start doing something just the two fo us after the other 3 go to bed. She kind of get short-end of the "mom-stick" a lot of times and I'd like to be able give her something that is just hers. This would be a fantastic idea to start implementing with her. Although it would force me to have to give up some of my blogging/computer time! :-) She won't be 8 forever though, will she? Thanks so much for sharing this.