Recently, Ashli decided that Amélie had developed a mommy filter. Her frustrations are not alone - I often hear all of my children and their spouses question whether their children are listening to them. They share their frustrations of parenthood with me and my job is to just keep encouraging them to continue doing what they're doing. They are all very diligent and "on-top-of-things" parents and I know they are making progress in training their children.
Case in point . . . after Amélie had spread all of her Disney princesses around the porch, she reached into the box and found a plastic figurine of a postman. She was obviously a little confused about this guy because as she was looking at him and thinking, you could see that she didn't recall him from any of her favorite Disney movies. She quickly decided that he must be an invader and was up to no good because she held him up to her face and said "now you have been very very naughty and you have to have a time out." She found a chair from the playhouse, took the chair to the very edge of the outer kingdom and sternly put him on a time out. I think she thought he was at least 15 years old because he had to endure about a 15 minute time out. She came over to him a couple of times and said "when you are good, it's your time out." I know that she was trying to replicate her mommy's words to her when she isn't taking her time out.
So just a reminder to my kids . . . don't get discouraged. They are listening to you....they are listening to everything and soaking it in! It's just their job to make you think they aren't. I know this because I used to feel the same way and yet every so often, I have heard my words coming out of my children's mouths just as I heard my mother's words coming out of my mouth. We joke and say things like "I've turned into my mother" but that's mostly a good thing.
Speaking of my mother . . . she was a very particular grandmother just as she is in everything else that she does in life. She wanted the girls to have a perfect dollhouse that would last so when they were little, she asked my sister-in-law's father to build a dollhouse. The dollhouse now lives in our attic and comes out just when the time is right. Saturday was the day for Amélie to become the new landlady of the dollhouse. I loved watching my girls play with this house. I loved watching Lindsey play with this house......and now it's Amélie's turn. Talk about The Circle of Life . . . how cool is that? This is serious stuff!
|A perfect palace for all of the princesses.|
|Beast is happy! He's dancing with Belle.|
"Play is the work of children." Friedrich Froebel."