My favorite thing about you is:
Your ability to be self-sufficient
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So a few weeks ago I read this article, which for all it's tongue-in-cheekness (What? That's totally a word!), really resonated with me. It's not that we intentionally practice "Detachment Parenting", but we try our best to raise our kids to not need us, because someday, God willing, they'll go out into the word where we won't be right by their side to feed them, wipe their noses, put them to sleep. I need them to know how to do these things on their own. My favorite part of this article (aside from mentioning "Locking the door and getting it on") was where it mentioned keeping the kids busy for hours with just the use of Legos and gum. If you had looked in my purse right at that exact moment those would be two of the million things in there, you may have had to dig past about a hundred reciepts (why are we still handing these out for a pack of said gum?!) but you'd have found them in there.
This week was a big step forward in self sufficiency. Aside from Kale spending hours on the (air-conditioned) floor in the family room playing, building, creating, exploring a future career as and engineer, with Legos, Haley learned to tie her shoes. And her brother's shoes. Let me say that one more time: SHE CAN TIE THE SHOES OF EVERYONE IN THIS HOUSE!! Do you know what this means in terms of our ability to get out the door in a timely fashion? It's means I've cut about 10 minutes off of my already precision honed get out the door strategy. That's 10 more minutes of hanging out in bed (or actually making it somewhere on time)! I know. Huge.
All kidding aside, I love my kids, I like being able to do things for them, but I find it a personal triumph when they no longer need me to do it for them. Like when they could sooth themselves back to sleep at night, when they could feed themselves with a spoon and fork, when they could walk, you get the idea. It's my job to teach them to function as members of society, to look to and within themselves for the solution to problems. Is it working? Who know, but at least when I someday have to release them from the warmth and safety of my arms and our home, we'll all have the confidence that they can do this. Just call me once in while and let me know how you're doing mkay?
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