So, I’m chatting on the phone with Nixie in Oz tonight when she says, “Oh! There’s Russell Crowe!”
“Do you know Russell Crowe?” she asks me. “From the Gladiator?” Uh, yeah, I’ve heard of him. “He just walked right by with his little boy.”
“Is Nicole Kidman with him?” I asked. Ha ha, funny, she said. No Nicole. (She blogged about her pal Russ just now if you’re interested.)
She called to entice me to come visit her in Australia–says there’s a new Lindt (as in choco truffles, etc.) cafe that opened in her office building. “They have the most delicious hot chocolate.” Yeah, hot chocolate sounds just scrumpsh right now in the July heat. BUT MY A/C WORKS!!! She’s a hoot, that Nixie.
Quick question for the Mom book. I need some thoughts on a couple related topics: choosing your battles and loosening the kite/apron strings.
In other words, what things have you found aren’t worth the argument with your child? I’m mainly interested in little folks (8 and under maybe). What they wear? What they eat? Blankie? Pacifier? Weird habits? What else?
And what things are you teaching even your small ones about becoming independent? Explain that bittersweetness when your baby “doesn’t need you” anymore. How do you know when they’re old enough to do something on their own?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts. They’re always great! Have a fantabulous weekend!