I pride myself in being there for all my children’s firsts. It’s important to me to never miss anything.
If I can help it.
I watched all three of my biological children take their first steps.
I heard them say their first words.
I was there, standing beside them as they began their potty training and I rewarded them for their success (bribery works).
I taught my two older kids to tie their shoes and sat with them (somewhat)patiently as they kept tying and untying until they became proficient enough to do it without my hovering.
Recently, as in the last couple of day, my 6 year old has been very vocal in the fact that we have forgotten to teach him to tie his shoes and he is sick of asking other first graders in his class for help.
Oops, I SWEAR I was just about to get to that.
So last night, while I was out testing hot dogs and vodka drinks, my daughter sat with my little guy (without my knowledge)…
And she patiently taught him to do the bunny ear method of shoe tying.
He did it!
He learned to tie his shoe while I was drinking mandarin vodka and cranberry juice at the casino.
While I am SO bummed to have missed this milestone in his life, I’m so proud of his determination and success.
I’m so grateful that my daughter is so nurturing and patient and such an amazing big sister.
And I feel like I haven’t really missed anything because today, all day, he has been busy tying and untying his shoes to proudly show off to me his accomplishment.
I’m so impressed with how easily he learned.
I’m so proud of how driven he is.
I hope that his whole life is always that successful and easy for him.
Now, if only I could get him to help around the house with as much gusto.