When parents zero in on one kid and lose another
For instance, let's say you have one child who is either sick all the time, or always getting into trouble. Obviously you do spend time helping that one. And you should. But what about the others? A well child, or obedient child can get lost in the fray while a parent focuses in one one kid long term, and that can have lasting ramifications.
In our case we have three children and two of them are now young adults, ages 21 and 22. Although they are both of age and have full time jobs and responsibilities, they are both unmarried and still at home and very much a part of life as a family of five. In the midst of that, Larry and I are often reminded we are still raising a 14 year old. We don't want her childhood to get lost just because our two boys are grown. So it's important to Larry and I that we do things just with her because her childhood isn't over.
Today after church will be a special time. This week is her spring break this week. And while Larry and I can't take the entire week off with her, we're going to do something special tonight and tomorrow. I'm especially looking forward to this not only because we get to be with Savanna but because Easter weekend's coming up and we'll have lots of loose ends to tie up this coming Friday and won't get a true day off.
We've already got our suitcases packed and in the car and right after church we are heading to somewhere we've never been ~ Silver Springs, Florida. It's home to the Ocala National Forest, and glass bottom boat and canoe rides, and wildlife exhibits (including monkeys!), botanical gardens, and more. We're just looking forward to being lazy in the hotel too, and swimming in the pool.
We both have to be back for meetings on Tuesday morning but til' then we're all hers, and we can't wait. We sure do love being with our baby girl!
Stan Savran at the Pirates spring training.