It’s incredible to watch my kids learn and adapt to their surroundings.
My daughter in particular is a master manipulator.
She even gets daddy wrapped around her finger…sometimes.
That said, he thinks I’m a big-time sucker at bedtime.
She and I do our nightly routine with her books. After I read three, I leave for a bit so she can read alone.
I wait fifteen minutes or so, then I go back to sing a few songs.
After the songs, I leave for the rest of the night.
The last song I sing is my favorite. It’s ‘Castle on a Cloud’ from Les Miserables.
The best part is the third verse, it’s so sweet-
There is a lady all in white,
Holds me and sings a lullaby,
She’s nice to see and she’s soft to touch,
She says, “Cosette, I love you very much!”
And of course, I replace the name with my little lady’s name and I give her a kiss on the cheek.
At least I used to.
Lately she has been too cool for me-not for the song, but too cool for a kiss from mom. So instead, I just give her a tighter hug.
Last night I did the usual. Sang with the tighter hug, had a few extra cuddles afterwards, then I got up to go meet with daddy for some TV time.
My girl said, “Mommy, you sang the Castle song wrong! You didn’t kiss me!”
Someone knows how to turn this stone cold mama to mush.
I was so caught off guard and overwhelmed with ‘she loves my singing’ emotions that I sang the whole song over so I could include the peck on the cheek.
In retrospect, I’m not sure if I should be proud or annoyed.
I’m going to go the positive route with this one and appreciate my smart girl who’s always inventing new, ingenious ways to prolong bedtime.
I will also appreciate the kiss on the cheek being thrown back into the routine.
What songs do you like to sing to your little ones? Do they try to stall at bedtime? Do they come up with clever ways to do it?