I've been doing my best to make dinnertime a place of connecting and sharing instead of shoveling food into kids mouths with one hand while reading email with the other. They do know the difference, you know. I've been pleasantly surprised with some of the topics that have come up over the past several weeks. The standard starter question is, "what is the best/worst thing that happened to you today?"
Tonight, Val decided the best thing was playing with her dolls. The worst thing was the fact that Elaine pooped. The worst thing is usually in some way related to Elaine's poop.
The best thing that happened to me today was playing hide and seek with my kids. The worst thing was getting blood drawn.
Val and I usually come to an agreement on what Elaine's best and worst things probably were but tonight was different. I decided to pose possible best/worst questions to Elaine herself. She sat in her high chair, cramming strawberries into her mouth as fast as she could, chubby cheeks chomping away.
"What was the best part of your day, Elaine?"
*strawberry-faced stare (with chewing)*
"Did you like playing outside?"
OK, maybe we'll try a not-as-fun thing.
"Did you like taking a nap?"
"Did you like playing with Val?"
Trying to get a yes, here.
"Did you like eating strawberries?"
*head shake* followed by, "dah-DEE!"
"OH! Did you like playing with Daddy?"
First 'conversation' with Elaine? I'll take it!