Independence Parenting Self-development

This old dog is learning

I help take care of a beautiful dog named Raleigh. He is the cutest thing, and I love him to bits! He’s a little quirky, but aren’t we all?

The other day I let Raleigh out to do his thing. We went through the sliding glass doors out onto the deck leading to the back yard. As usual, I have to practically chase him off the deck to go do his business. He goes trotting off into the yard, then stops about 10 feet from me and turns around to see if I’m still standing there (he hates being left alone anywhere). For a split second, I want to run out there and go with him. But I stop myself. “You have to let go, Eva,” I tell myself. “He won’t learn to be independent if you keep coddling him.”

Instead, I tell him, “Go on, Raleigh. I’ll be right here waiting for you.”

A dog is teaching me how to parent. Sigh.


6 random things about me

I’ve been tagged for a meme by ariadneK, Ph.D.

The rules of the “6 Random Things About Me Meme”:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself. (See below)
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. (See further below…)
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Is there anything that I write about myself here that is NOT random? Hmmmm.

6 Random Things About Me

  1. I got orthodontic braces when I was 18. Really attractive to the college guys, let me tell ya.
  2. Coffee calms me.
  3. I have freckles on my left arm that, if connected, form a perfectly straight line between my wrist and elbow.
  4. Barbie never lived in my toy box.
  5. Meatloaf is my specialty.
  6. Crochet is my crafting hobby of choice.

Now, I tag Sunny Suggs, Isabella Vreeken, Adonya Wong, Ash, emcogNEATO!, and SistersTalk. Have fun!