I love my daughter to pieces. As I look at Ki today I remember the days from birth up until about age 6 when she was the most well behaved, well spoken, intelligent and well mannered child that I would have had many, many more children. Then she turned 6 years old and as she nears 9 in October I swear I wonder what happened to that sweet little girl.
Don’t get me wrong this girl is sweet as sweet can be. Ki is extremely caring of others and would do anything to help those in need but when it comes to the relationship her and I have, well, that gets a bit edgy at times. Lately it is like we butt heads on every subject and can’t seem to be on the same page anymore.
The problem I have is that I don’t want to be best friends with my daughter, I want to be her mother, yet at the same time I want that trust and comfortable feeling to speak to me openlyu so that I know in my heart she will tell me anything. When Ki tells me things she doesn’t tell anyone else I remain calm but also let her know how I feel about what she has done or is thinking about doing. Usually taking the calm, matter of fact approach works for her but it’s so hard for me to be this kind of “mom”. I didn’t have that parent growing up and so really parenting for me is learning from scratch as I have no role model to think back on.
So as I work on hoping that my parenting skills are up to par and that my daughter will grow up to be positive, intelligent and helpful I have that fear in the back of my head that she is walking too close a path to the path I walked in my teen years. That my friends, worries me dearly. Although I was a smart student like her, I had those party nights that no one knew about until I got older. I seriously took final exams with hang overs or still drunk from the night before and aced them but I wish that world on no one else, especially any of my children!
So what fears do you have with your child or children? How did you handle those fears?
I went to Friendly Farm with my family for the second time in the past couple of years and was attacked by baby goats for food, had a baby chicken perch on my hand and even spent some time hugging an adult goat. Yes, I kissed him on his forward along with a calf but I don’t have a picture of me and the calf.
Friendly Farm is a great day trip for kids of all ages. You get to be one on one with all of the animals and learn while there. Through out the farm there are bulletins with information about horses, chickens and more.
Walking around the farm this past Friday was a nice relaxing fun day for the boys while their sister was spending the day with her Dad. The boys can run and there are fences everywhere so they are in a safe place. The only thing is you have to watch them because you don’t want the children to hurt or scare any of the wonderfully friendly farm animals.
So I can tell you that if you are looking for something fun to do in New Hampshire that is low key and animal friendly then check out Friendly Farm in Dublin, NH. The price per ticket that we paid was around $6.75 each for adults and $6 for each child ages 1-12. We have been here two times now with the kids and it has been a pleasurable experience.
Have you ever been to Friendly Farm or a similar place?
Why is it that Sunday seems to be my low traffic day lately? I don’t know what it is because I do have content on Sunday. I will admit that every week when I look at my stats and see that Sunday had dipped incredibly low that a smile comes across my face.
To me Sunday is a family day. Sunday is the day you spend all day in your pajamas, relax on the couch, run out in the back yard, or do whatever but at home with the family. A big dinner gets cooked and you all sit down together, happy as a big family and enjoy time together.
I love Sundays and I love them for my family more than anything and so when I see my traffic go insanely low on Sunday, I happen to smile a huge smile and think “I hope you all are spending quality time with your family too”.