The new year is a new start for many people. It was for me until a few year ago. Now the new year is a constant reminder of how fast the kids are growing up. For me, this starts on the second day of the year where my niece turns older. A few weeks later, my daughter turns older.
The brats are turning six this year. When I asked my daughter about what she was getting as a birthday gift for her sister (cousin), little did I expect to have a long grown-up talk with her. The conversation also reaffirmed the popular advice given to parents. Be careful while talking in front of kids as they listen more carefully than adults. Now I know for sure.
My daughter had three items shortlisted as gifts. According to me, that was a long list. Not only did she mentioned the items but also provided all details about each one. When she finished, I asked, "Which one are you going to get?". She told me her choice and added, "I heard her asking her dad for this. So I think I should get it for her".
Until this point, I underwent many emotion ranging from awe to pride. But the next statement in the form of a question brought a new emotion in me. Panic. She turned around the conversation swiftly with one question. "So, what do you think I should do?". From a listener, she wanted me to be a participant. It was a woman talking and not a child.