I’ve struggled over the last couple years with what to write about on this blog. Especially last year as Sammi was in preschool because we didn’t have as much time for crafts. I kept thinking that if I got Elli one on one we could create some of those lovely crafting memories I have from when Sammi was her age. But truth be told, Elli’s a whole different child.
Duh! I knew she was different, from the beginning she has shown different interests. I’ve had to explore and try tons of different parenting strategies to reach her and help her understand how to grow up. Practically from birth Sammi has been ready for the net stage, eagerly jumping into the next phase of life and impatiently waiting to be able to do so. I merely had to mention out loud that it was just about time for such and such and Sammi did the rest on her own. Elli, on the other hand, has thoroughly enjoyed being a baby and reluctantly became a toddler and now is reluctantly becoming a preschooler.
I was trying to coax her into putting her shoes on by herself. She is able to do it and does it often. But on this particular day she was not interested in putting forth the effort herself and wanted me to do it for her. I said something to this effect: “You’re a big three year old. You can do it.” And she replied, “No. I just a little three year old.”
Where Sammi loves to listen to story after story and loves to do a project, draw or color, Elli would rather put together a puzzle or reenact any princess story she knows. She also prefers to be Diego to Dora because there’s more action in his character. It’s been a struggle for me to accept these differences as her personality. Not because they’re negative in any way but because I kept thinking that she would grow into loving the activities Sammi loves.
Now that we are moving into this preschool phase of her life I am trying harder to understand her in terms of how to help her learn. I often feel at a loss because I don’t know how to spend time with her that’s not crafting or reading and she’s not as into those activities as Sammi was. She’s much more active and loves to role play. She’s forever asking Brent to be her prince as she plays one of a dozen different princesses she loves.