Love is in the air on our street.
We caught a certain eight-and-a-half year old delivering love notes to the boy across the street.
All of this was enough of a development for this Mama to declare an “amnesty lunch”, which is where you get a Mama date and talk about all kinds of awkward things. Anything is fair game, and no one gets in trouble for anything “confessed” or any questions asked. We have them regularly, as I want them familiar with coming to us with questions and problems – while the problems are still small – especially as they slowly (too quickly) turn into pre-teens.
We also have a lot of conversations about the kinds of choices their biological parents made, and the consequences from those choices. We want them to see patterns so they are able to choose differently. They are asking more direct questions as they get older, wanting to know more, and about us, too, not just their biological parents. Sometimes it’s a little confessional for all of us!
It’s been just the last few months these conversations are becoming more and more amongst themselves without prompting from us, requested by them, and far more deep than superficial.
They are growing up so fast!