I’m over at CatholicMom.com today, talking about a recent mommy-daughter date where Lucy brought magic, innocence, enthusiasm, and spontaneity into my day!
Here’s a snippet:
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A child with a sanguine temperament can be described as talkative, charming, enthusiastic, adventuresome, interruptive, friendly, playful, and bouncy. Armed with a never-ending flow of questions and ideas, my daughter is constantly “on.” Where are we going today? … Can I invite a friend over? … Do I have swimming lessons? … Let’s bake a cake! … Where are my scissors? And all this chatter typically occurs before 7:00 a.m. (Wait! Did my daughter just ask for scissors?!) She bounces out of her bedroom at the crack of dawn with a huge smile and a carpe diem spirit — lovely qualities that will help her set the world on fire one day, I’m sure. But let’s lock up the kindling and matches for a few more years, please.
I do not share my daughter’s sanguine temperament; I am more of a melancholic. When my daughter is playful, I am more introspective. Where she’s spontaneous and bubbly, I am perfectionist and organized. While she’s talkative, I am serious. I am in awe of her temperament, but it also leaves me drained. I’ve had to open my heart and learn different parenting strategies that work for both of us. The Temperament God Gave Your Kids has proved most helpful for our family. Dare I say it’s armed me with more courage to break out of my comfort zone in favor of my daughter’s — to push myself into “out-of-temperament” experiences so that my daughter can thrive?
Here’s an example …
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