It’s dawned on me recently that Tonka (9 years old) is in a transformational stage.
She’s not quite little girl and she’s not quite pre-teen/pre-adolescent.
Sometimes she displays a maturity well beyond her years. You can have full-on conversations with her about important and real concepts such as responsibility, death, decisions and their consequences and much more.
On the other hand, sometimes she reverts back to behavior that would be more typical of a much younger child.
It’s served as a wake-up call for me to re-think how I deal with her and how I relate to her. What’s the best parenting approach for her?
It’s a reminder as well that change is a constant and adapting to that change is a key to survival in every aspect of life, particularly parenting.
That aside, it’s a joy to see her growing up.