Listening. R-E-A-L-L-Y listening when she talks.
Asking her questions (and then listening). About her preferences and perceptions. About who her best friends are and why. About if she minds having me post about her on this blog.
NOT saying “Maybe later…” when my 3-year-old wants to do something totally awesome…like make cookies for the mail lady. [I opt out more than I should because it is so tiring to paint/cook/create with a squirmy, grabby 1-year-old who also wants to participate – or be held.]
In her defense, she is sweet, smiley, and utterly charming:
Being a Better Mother (and a Better Person). Translation = giving selflessly, paying attention to other people’s need, listening, LOVING.
What have you been working on?