My (often shy) six-year-old, Evie, is usually a complete ham around our family. She’s started coming out of her shell in smaller groups, though kindergarten has been a challenge. There are too many kids around to be her silly self. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing for school.
At the daily school drop-off we’ve developed a pattern.
“Bye! Have a great day at school! I love you!” I yell.
With her back to me, she keeps walking away. Doesn’t even flinch. And NEVER looks back.
I even tried bribing her about a month ago. I told her we’d have a party if she could respond, “Bye Mom! I love you! Your the best Mom in the world!”
I figured I’d aim high. But…nothing.
This past Friday we were going through our usual routine.
“Love you!” I holler out the van door.
She starts walking away…then stops! With her back still facing me, Evie turns her head slightly to the side.
“Bye.” I hear her say in the softest voice.
“Evie, you did it! I knew you could! I’m so proud of you!”
She just walks away and says nothing more, until I picked her up from school.
“Now when do I get my party?”
Grumpy Grateful Mom Goal of the Year: Letting my daughter reveal her hammy self at her own pace.