Sunday, March 14, 2010


It has occurred to me lately that Abby will be (no, cross that, already IS) a better mom than I am.

Exhibit #1:
A few months ago: We're on our way to do our weekly grocery shopping. Abby has asked to bring along a purse. Usually I say "no" as I'm afraid she'll lose it or forget it somewhere and Tragic Tears will ensue. But this time I let her. During our grocery shopping trip Jack throws one of his lovely (ahem) whinefests/temper tantrums. J-L and I look frantically at each other hoping the other has brought something to soothe him. Nada. Abby calmly reaches into her purse. "Here Jacky" and pulls out a wee stuffed toy that instantly calms the boy.

Exhibit #2:
About a week ago: Abby is on her way to swimming class with her dad.
Abby: Jack, come here for a second!
J-L: Come on, Abby! We have to go!
Abby: Mom, could you check Jack? I think he's had a poop.

Exhibit #3:
Just today: We're about to leave for lunch after church. Abby has about 5 pretzels in her hand (from the after-church snack table). She looks up at me: "In case Jack gets cranky at the restaurant before the food gets there."

I've been feeling like I need a break anyway, I think I'll just let her take over.


Anonymous Stephanie said...

I'd say she's one smart cookie (and an excellent big sister!). It's always nice to have an extra "mom" around to help make up for our shortcomings :)

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Heather Plett said...

Haha! Maybe she could come over and parent my kids now and then too. Does she know how to handle teen attitude?

8:45 PM  
Blogger Accidental Poet said...

sounds like Nikki was with Brodie.

9:11 PM  
Blogger darien said...

Abby's just picked up from the good example you showed her. I've seen it in action!

10:58 PM  
Blogger corrie said...

Sounds like a child prodigy! How do you think she is at doing taxes?

11:28 AM  

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