All you more-than-one child parents out there have probably suffered the same question I sometimes ponder: "does child #2 (or 3, 4, etc) receive the same attention as our first born?"
I sometimes feel badly for G, and wonder if he is being slighted in this whole parenting deal. I spent a LOT of one-on-one time with R, for better or for worse. Not so much with G. Not that he is ignored, but I am just busier. Lots busier. And unless one of you knows better than I, I have yet to master being in two places at once.
I was feeling a little kitchen guilt the other day because R joined me for many, many cooking adventures when he was G's age. Those were days when I could focus my attention on only one set of meandering hands and stop the near-misses of knives, spills and toppling food items. But trying to cook with a 3 year old and 6 year old is pretty difficult unless you plan out every step ahead of time, have everything ready to easily mix and keep your eyes firmly on the two little ones. Since this doesn't happen as much as I would like, the other day, when we were done mixing some dough, I let G do a little kitchen pretending while I was cleaning up:
"First I will take some corn, beans and lentil soup..."
"add a few rainbow rings..."
"give it all a quick stir..."
Voila! The recipe for building up G's kitchen love!
Life is sweet-