It’s in the genes. January 15, 2017

It's in the genes. flickr photo by bennettscience shared under a Creative Commons ( BY ) license

I've got an old Guild acoustic guitar that M likes to take out now and then. She loves music and singing and dancing, which has transferred to her younger sister. She's also fiercely independent, which means I'm not allowed to show her how to hold it.

I think that's been one of the more difficult aspects of parenting: letting the little things go. I want to show her how to do things but I run the risk of doing that at the expense of her experiences and play. She'll be ready, one day, to learn how to play. And if she doesn't, that's okay, too.

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Lines January 6, 2017

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This hairbrush goes through a lot. It's become one of C's favorite toys and one of M's most feared self-grooming devices. It's a battle, every time we finish the bath, to get M's hair brushed. My wife is super gracious and uses it to spend time talking with M and treating her like one of the adults. Our other option is to see how many times it takes us to sing the ABC's while M has her hair done. It depends on the night. Either way, this hairbrush is out in the living room with the toys more often than it's with my wife's things in the bathroom.

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