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Monday, April 13, 2009

my kid

bday in the park


I am watching as my nearly 8 year old walks a line between being a kid and this strange new childhood that surrounds us of high-heeled boots on third graders and reading tigerbeat magazine. she seems to be navigating it more successfully than i am. i revolt at all the "tween" marketing that is thrown our way and contemplate moving to a remote island (you know the one) where these issues might not be so relevant (though perhaps they would be). she seems to take it in stride. picking up a lot from her school friends but choosing wisely where she puts her interests.

she is anxious to see the new hannah montana movie. has a favourite jonas brother. is particular about her footwear but seems to understand that heels are not appropriate at an age when you have so much running around to do.

she spends a lot of time talking to her chicken. is completely into wearing a paper birthday hat at a two year old's party in the park. likes to play that she is a puppy with her sister.

she has found a balance. and i am trying hard to help maintain it.

i love you kid.

10 comments:

house on hill road said...

those are true words. it's a fine line and the way she is navigating it is a testament to you, tracy.

Anonymous said...

AH, yes! I hear you big time!

keep strong and know a bunch of other parents are trying to do the same...

carol

laeroport said...

oh yes.

BunkleLife said...

Just keep her talking to that chicken and ALL will be fine!

xxj

stephanie said...

i understand this struggle. it seems you and e are handling it gracefully, but i wanted to recommend the book, "Hold on to Your Kids". Have you read it? It addresses how we can nurture relationships so that our children look to their parents for guidance and approval rather than their peers. It was helpful to me. xo.

krisel keeper said...

Your kid is fantastic. As I get to know her better I see more of her funny side...her Diva site? She is brilliant in so many ways. Like you.

underthebigbluesky said...

my oldest turns eight next week and i amazed at what a girl/child she is.

that's all we can do. keep them tethereed enough so they drift off slowly and gracefully.

Greg said...

We are there too.

Tracy said...

thanks all. there is comfort in sharing this. and steph - just found the book used! i did take this out of the library when em started kindergarten on your recommendation. think it is time to reread.

leslie said...

i am right there with you! music is also an issue at our house with pop songs creeping in (brittany spears, yikes!) i would love to move to an island (the one you are talking about, awesome!) but it is probably inevitable we will have to "deal" with tweendom the best we can. at least we can lean on each other!! thanks for such a sweet post, loved it!