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You know the thing I’m discovering about motherhood? Those hard and fast rules I made for myself? Not really so hard and fast. I find myself changing my mind a lot, actually.
The latest example? My insistence on proper vocabulary and word use, which I really thought was a stellar idea:
Yesterday, Goat #2 found an old piece of sidewalk chalk and immediately demanded that I come outside on the front porch with her so she could draw a picture and I could watch her do so.
So I did.
She drew “half a circle, Mama” and I said “Very good.”
She drew “a slug, Mama” and I said “Very sluggy!” She giggled with me.
She drew “you, Mama, see your hair all sticking up?” and I said “Why yes, that looks like my hair.” And she giggled with me again, and said “I know.”
She drew “dis is Daddy” and I started to say “Very nice” — but she interrupted me to say “Oh, wait! I forgot!”
So I waited, while she added to her picture.
Finally, she stepped back and said “Dat’s his penis. D’you like it?”
Color me sorry I ever insisted on buying the “All About Bodies” book. Surely it’s inappropriate to say to a 4-year-old, even in this context, “Why, yes, I do…”?
Soliciting tips/hints/suggestions from more experienced Moms, or, well, ANYONE (I still haven’t answered her); leave ’em in the comments!
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