So, today I was checking out some cute quotes to add to some pictures and to the boys' scrapbooks. I stumbled on one that was truly meant for me, especially for the next couple of weeks...
'We've begun to raise our daughters more like sons, but few have the courage to raise their sons like daughters.' -Gloria Steinem
Ahhh.. I can't even begin to describe how much I needed to hear that today, but I will try!
Parker's second birthday is less then two weeks away (tear) and for the past five months I have been batting around gift ideas for Ben and I to get him. He's the typical boy... If it has wheels, makes noise, or has something to do with sports.. He loves it. But there is also another side to my wonderful little man, and that is the side that I really want to encourage. Parker also enjoys being creative (painting is huge on his list right now), learning (he has also been more obsessed than normal with books and workbooks) and being caring and compassionate (especially to Preston). Right now I have this feeling that I want and need to help him be as caring and compassionate that I possibly can before it becomes 'uncool' to be an innocent sweetheart! So, what are we getting him for his birthday you ask?
A dollhouse. Yes, a dollhouse. Ben is actually planning on making one, but either way.. A dollhouse.
Why? There are many different reasons (and depending on how long this takes me, I may get to all of them), but it all started when I would watch him play while he was ECFE. Everyday he would make his way over to the dollhouse. Not that he would spend the entire two hours there, but everyday, without fail, he would in some way or another show interest in it. It is so adorable to watch him play with it... 'Girl, sleep' he would say as he would tuck the little girl in to go to bed. 'Daddy, house' he would add, as he would have the dad walk though the living room. Not to mention the fact that everyday he would hug the little 'dolls' (yes.. my SON plays with DOLLS) and say goodbye. It was enough to make my heart melt!
|Parker and his baby|