Sometimes I forget my middle daughter is still so young...
My middle daughter just turned 4 a few days ago, and I feel like she got the raw end of the deal. Lol. I expect her to act older than she is far too often, we tend to be hard on her because she is a seriously defiant child. And now, with three kids I barely have time to read, play, cuddle, or do fun activities.
I also have a very needy 10 month old. The kind of child who flips out if you even stand up and THINK about going to the opposite side of the room without her.
How did I forget how to parent a 4 year old? How did I forget how to treat them, what they are interested in, what things to play, and what to do in general? I want to be better for her, the outside influences of the older neighbor kids (and sometimes her older sister who also picks things up from the neighbors) makes her life so different from her sisters life at this age. I want to go back, to shelter and protect her. To move far away from these people. Lol! But it isn't their fault, it is mine, and I need to change how I parent her. I need to remember this crazy, beautiful,silly,smart, fun, sassy child is just 4.
How has your parenting changed from your oldest to your youngest?