Every night my kids take showers before bed.
Being 6 and 7, they are pretty independent when it comes to washing and rinsing, but I still like to help them dry off. I tell them it’s because they have a hard time doing it and I don’t want them to end up having a rough time getting their PJ’s on when they are still super wet.
The truth – I help them because I’m not ready for them to not need me.
Even though I love seeing them gain independence and learn how to do things on their own they are still my babies.
Thankfully, my kids, especially my daughter, are very sympathetic to my feelings and try to spare them as often as possible.
Case in point.
Last night my daughter was in the shower. She had finished washing and rinsing, then I heard the shower shut off. I made my way upstairs to help her dry off, but I found her already out of the shower and drying herself.
Me: “I was just coming up here to help you dry off.”
Girl: “Mom, I’m 6 now. It’s time I start doing it myself.”
Me: “Well, ok. Geez, pretty soon you aren’t going to need me at all.”
Girl: Thinks for a moment.“Don’t worry mom. When I’m a teenager and don’t have my license, I’m still going to need you to drive me around.”
Beggars can’t be choosers I guess.