i recently said to JR that this will most likely be her last year of being all-little girl.
of being completely delighted by jumping waves.
of carrying her doll on her hip and pretending its really real.
of pony tails and pig-tails.
of pretending for hours that she is Laura Ingalls.
of an imagination not yet constrained by "cool".
of playing 'olympic show jumping' with plastic horses and wooden blocks.i feel it - sense it - the shift. our All-Little Girl will soon be the Sometimes-Little Girl and then, the Rarely-Little Girl. and i know that with growing up comes new, wonderful attributes but i really want to treasure this time while, at the same time, being sensitive to her maturing.
I've realised that my role needs to transition with her - less an instructor and more of a guide.
less, do this, do that. less you shoulds, you shouldn'ts.and more actual communication. (which honestly makes me feel a little nervous - isn't it much easier just to tell a child how they should behave?)
so i want to get a head start now. building an honest and open relationship of communication is top priority. i want to be intentional now, and not be caught on the back foot in a few years.
so, tell me you wonderful mamas who are a further along the road than i...
what are the essentials for great communication with your tween/teen?
how have you intentionally developed your communication?
what has worked? what hasn't?
what would you do differently?
PLEASE! TELL ME!!
thank you, in advance xo