Being a single mother of a little girl is scary. It's cute for the first few years but once you realize she only gets bigger, it gets a little nerve racking. I start to be more careful about what I say and do around her now. Especially since she can spell very well now, I can't be spellin S-E-X no more lol...
But this weekend I saw proof that so far I'm doing pretty damn good raising my daughter.
First, she asked me if she could vacuum the floor. Which is rare for 7 year olds as far as I can tell. She asks to help me cook, she asks to help load the dishwasher, she takes it upon herself to sweep the floor, even when it isn't really necessary. She knows how to make waffles, instant oatmeal, pb&j sandwiches, microwave popcorn, and set the table. All of this I've never had to ask her to do, which makes me feel confident that I'm doing a good job leading by example. Sometimes it isn't what you tell you children, it's what you show them.
Saturday, I was upstairs sorting laundry and she was downstairs vaccuming. After a while I went downstairs and saw this:
she was sitting on the living room floor. the vacuum cleaner was tipped over and she had the bottom of it rested on a paper towel, in her lap. the dirt trap cover was off and there was a screw driver next to her on the floor. she looked at me and said "it wasn't working good. something was stuck in here, i got it out." and pointed to some fur and crumbs on the paper towel. and then asked her little brother for the screws she gave him to hold, and screwed it back together.
I was in awe. She had taken this thing apart by herself! Didn't even call my name to tell me something was wrong with the vacuum cleaner. Didn't even ask me where the screwdriver was or how to use it or anything (btw she's 7 yrs old). I've done this to the vacuum cleaner myself a few times, I just never realized she was paying me any mind when I did it. I was sooo proud of her at that moment.
I snuck a video of her putting the piece back on.
And I love how you can hear my youngest son in the background say to her "good job talia." as my other son sits there holding the screws for her. Teamwork baby. (sidenote: later on this same day my sons were cleaning their room and I overheard them singing "teamwork! cuz thats how it works! teamwork! cuz thats how we roll!" (*dead*) I have no idea where they come up with this stuff! LMAO)
So even though I get nervous about parenting as I go along, this just made me feel like so far I have nothing to worry about... like I'm doing just fine. I told her I was proud of her & that she was so smart and she smiled so hard her eyes almost closed lol. I think I did the same.
She also likes to act a fool (don't know where she gets it from tho *looks around innocently*)
I ♥ my babies.