Every day this week, Paloma and I were at the shop. On Monday she was fine with being there but by today she was not happy. Her number one place to be at is at home. We are always driving or at the shop. While at the shop, I give her things she has to do on her own. She paints, draws, colors, watches t.v., plays with her toys and asks for me to join her every time. I get her started on the activity but eventually I have to focus on work.
She is pretty good at entertaining herself. But there are days when she will tell me that I never play with her. I stop and think and it is kind of true. We are together everyday, we talk, we do play, but we are always running errands or I'm always taking care of something, or filling out some paper or other. If we are home I make it a point to stop what I am doing to play puppies or tea time or store or whatever she wants to play. Sometimes she senses when I'm not fully there because I'm thinking of what I should be doing.
She is going to start preschool in August. She is ready now. She is my last baby and I want to hold on to her for as long as I can. Growing up comes way too quickly. I need to stop and enjoy my little four-year-old sweetheart more.
I know she knows that this how it has to be and the shop is a place she enjoys, as well, but maybe i can only go specific days so she does not tire of it.
And when she asks to play puppies I'm going to stop and play puppies.