Last night, at a great parental strategies talk, I learned that when I'm tucking my 8 y/o into bed and we're running late and I just want to get back downstairs to watch a show with my husband.....to STOP rushing to get out of her room when she's trying to talk to me.
For whatever reason (maybe that we're all alone, or the lights are out) she always seems to pick THAT time of day to want to talk with me, tell me about parts of her day or discuss something coming up. After a long day ...and the last 45 minutes I've been with her and her younger sister reading books and brushing teeth....I just want to be DONE. I'll often cut her off as I back out of the room saying "yes...yup...nope...ok...goodnight".
Well...no more. If I can just give her those 5 minutes a night, just 5 extra minutes of one on one time, I'll super increase my chances of having a good relationship with her when she's a teen.
That's my wisdom for the week. I bet we could all use that as a reminder! They grow up too fast. I'll be WISHING to have 5 minute quiet conversations with her in 5 years. :)