I spend most of my time hanging out with my youngest daughter Bean. She’s not in school yet so she gets a lot more of my attention than the older two while they are at school.
It’s a rare sight to see me without Bean right by my side. It’s not unusual for her to sleep in my bed, share my plate at dinner, and cuddle to the maximum amount. She and I have always been close, but there are sometimes when I just need to have two arms and there are times you can see she really wants her space too.
She doesn’t get grumpy often, but when she is then it’s pretty clear. When she is tired, she gets short with people and when she hits that point, I know there is one thing that will calm her down and give us both the space we need.
If my child could live in the water, I am sure she would choose to. It’s one of the first things she asks to do each day and it’s not unusual for her to ask again in the evening. She loves to sit in the water, she has no care over the temperature as long as she has her favorite toys with her. And bubbles, of course.
It’s the perfect way to calm her down if she’s upset and the perfect way to get that alone time I sometimes need after a long span of kid-on-top-of-me. It’s a cure-all for any aches and pains she has and she comes up with the most imaginative play.
I am a little afraid of my water bill though.
:: Is there one way that seems to work best for keeping your kids happy all day? ::
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