31 Days of Parenting Littles: Know

Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me...

The King and I

One of the things I tell my babies while they're still in the womb is that I can't wait to get to KNOW them. Not just seeing what they look like, or what gender they are, but really getting to know them and understand them. Know what will comfort them, make them happy, what will make them sad or afraid, what will make them laugh, cry, etc. When your child is a newborn, there's nothing better than when you realise you KNOW what's wrong and you can solve it, and nothing worse than NOT knowing. One of the things I love about when they are old enough to start talking is that they can tell you what's wrong if they get hurt or sick or upset. It takes out a lot of guesswork, at least for a while. As most children get older, they begin to hold things closer to their chests again, wanting privacy, wanting to show their independence and that they don't need their parents to solve things for them. I want to know my children. No matter how old they are. I want to know how they're feeling and what's going on in their lives, whether they tell me openly or not. I want to foster the kind of relationship where they WILL want to stay open with me, but if for whatever reason they don't, I hope I will know them well enough to know when something is wrong.

This post is part of my 31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes. See my first post if you haven't heard of 5 minute free writes.