Little A turned 3 recently, and a neighbor gave her a precious Melissa & Doug fairy princess coloring pad and some markers.

She’s been obsessed.

She comes in from her activities and immediately sets to coloring. She’ll stay there for an hour or so and invite the rest of us to come color with her.

Who wants to be the mom who doesn’t have time to color, right? But the reality is, well, laundry and dishes and all. So I pop over in between tasks and color little pieces here and there.

Like the blue and green pattern in the skirt, here:

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(I should mention that the bows were all Little A.)

A few days after I did that skirt, Little A again invited me over to color. She flipped through the pad trying to find what she wanted to work on and as she did, I noticed this:

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“Did M color this for you, A?” I asked her.

She confirmed that, in fact, her big sister M had colored the pattern on the page.

So there you go. There it is.

They’re always watching. They’re always learning. They’re always testing out the lessons that we teach them, even when we don’t realize we’ve been teaching them anything.

It’s beautiful. It’s stressful. It sneaks up on you.

It’s parenting.

2 Responses to “The Pressure of Being a Parent, In Two Pictures”

  1. on 20 Jul 2015 at 9:49 amDana delman

    I finally had a chance to check out your blog while on vacation in fire island (and while everyone else was asleep!)

    My intent was to check out your blog find some exercises. But, then I started reading. What an incredible gift that you are sharing! I started reading, and I cannot stop! I plan to go back and read all your posts and then to read your book!

    This blog was particularly poignant to me. It could not be more accurate. I see how my 11 year old emulates Keith and I, but it is most profound watching my 15 year old. She just returned from her 1st international trip on her own and listening to her stories, it is obvious the degree of imprinting-both positive and negative!!

    Thanks Kristine, please keep writing!

  2. on 21 Jul 2015 at 10:07 amKristine Rudolph

    Oh, thank you so, so much. I am so glad that you stopped by. And, you must have been the source of my recent commission from my Alignment Snacks – I had hoped it was you!

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