Yesterday was report-writing day for Lou. She has a rough draft of a geography report due on Monday. It's a big project requiring concentrated time at the table. After I helped her color-code her notes to match her travel itinerary/outline, I quietly stepped away to let her writing become her own.
While it was clear I could (and should) step away, it was also clear that she needed my presence. So, I stepped back and began to clean the kitchen.
All the corners of my kitchen.
The very best play came when I was busy about the house. My energy provided a bit of security that let them just disappear into their own imaginary worlds. I do miss their Old Fashioned Play.
ps: I also spring-cleaned my blog which now is reorganized and has a whole new look. Click on over and tell me what you think! (and Mom, by this post, I bet you can guess...I submitted my grant!)