Thursday, March 3, 2011

Collaboration

My baby girl is 8 years old. She has grown so much and learned so much. I am amazed at how different our relationship has become in the last years.

I have prided myself and really enjoyed making the kids a fun birthday cake. But this year I had to let go. This year my daughter chose her birthday cake and then decorated it herself. I baked the cake and put on a base coat of frosting. Then she decorated the whole cake (dress) with sprinkles, frosting and chocolate chips.

I can see that things are changing in regards to parenting too. We work together in deciding the activities she wants to do, making decisions and weighing the options. Its no longer a parent telling a child to do, definitely more of a partnership and guiding her to make the right choice. And following through with explaining the reasons and repurcussions. It will be interesting to see what the next phase of her life brings and I am sure she will be challenging me more and more. This OCD mom doesn't like to let go.

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